Monday, September 01, 2008

A Labor Day Thought

Some comedian one remarked that only in America would we have a day celebrating labor that we honor precisely by not working.

From the church's point of view, we already have a "Labor Day" holiday.  When?  May 1st, when we celebrate the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker.  But work doesn't cease, whether a job or the work done around the house.  A while back, I came across this neat little reflection of what it means to "sanctify" our everyday tasks, and I thought it'd be a great reflection for today (that is, if you get tired of the "Law & Order", "Star Trek", "Murder, She Wrote", "CSI", "America's Next Top Model", "I Love Lucy", et al. marathons on TV).  This comes from an information page entitled, "What is Opus Dei?", which can be found by clicking here.

Sanctifying work.  Sanctifying work means to work with the spirit of Jesus Christ, to work competently and ethically, with the aim of loving God and serving others, and thus to sanctify the world from within, making the Gospel present in all activities whether they be outstanding or humble and hidden. In the eyes of God what matters is the love that is put into work, not its human success.
I love that last sentence.

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