Pope Francis reflects on the dignity of work at Wednesday’s general audience

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Pope Francis reflects on the dignity of work at Wednesday’s general audience



Pope Francis in his catechesis on the feast of St. Joseph the Worker on May 1st reflected on two important figures in the life of Jesus: the figure of St. Joseph as the model of all workers and on Mary as we mark the beginning of the month dedicated to the mother of Jesus. Pope FRancis in comments in Italian spoke about the dignity and importance of work.

Listen to Emer McCarthy’s report including Wednesday morning’s mass

Below a Vatican Radio transcript and translation of the Holy Father’s Wednesday Audience catechesis:

Dear brothers and sisters, Good Day!,

Today, May 1st, we celebrate Saint Joseph the Worker and begin the month traditionally dedicated to Our Lady. In our encounter this morning, I want to focus on these two figures, so important in the life of Jesus, the Church and in our lives, with two brief thoughts: the first on work, the second on the contemplation of Jesus Read more

Holy Thursday: Radical Call to Be Served and to Serve

Holy Thursday: Radical Call to Be Served and to Serve

March 28, 2013 · by · in Blog

When I was in second grade, the pastor at our family’s parish invited me to be one of the 12 folks to participate in Holy Thursday’s foot washing. (I think I was invited because spring vacation coincided with Holy Week that year, and my mom had taken me to daily Mass a few mornings during the break.)

This was special and important. I remember almost everything.

My mom called my dad at work to tell him about the invitation, and to suggest, as I listened in, that I be allowed to wear my new Easter shoes for the Thursday liturgy: beautiful blue-suede Pumas.

That night, after the homily, I took a seat near the altar, took off my Pumas, and Fr. Greg washed and dried my feet. He smiled warmly, calmly. This didn’t happen at other Masses. Read more

Pope: Mass of Our Lord’s Supper [Full text]

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Pope: Mass of Our Lord’s Supper [Full text]

(Vatican Radio) The Washing of the Feet, or Mandatum, is an integral part of the Holy Thursday liturgy, the Missa in Coena Domini, or Mass of Our Lord’s Supper, which opens the East erTriduum

The Washing of the Feet is a sign of service. Or as Pope Francis told about 40 young detainees gathered around him for Mass in an inner city detention center, it is “Christ’s caress, because Jesus came just for this, to serve us, to help us”. Emer McCarthy reports:

On Thursday evening as the sun set over a rain washed Rome, Pope Francis crossed the Tiber River bound for the city’s juvenile prison, Casal del Marmo, which roughly translated into English reads, ‘Marble Home’. Read more

Thoughts from a Working Person’s Pope

Faith and Work in Cyberspace–April 18, 2005

Thoughts from a Working Person’s Pope

(from Initiatives special edition number 148)

Greg Pierce – National Center for the Laity and ACTA Publishing 

Lost amid the accolades about Pope John Paul II might be his greatest legacy: his theology and spirituality of work. Below are 10 great quotes from JPII that show the depth and breadth of his understanding of work. In my opinion, this will be his greatest legacy.  

These quotes are from the special issue of the Initiatives newsletter put out by cyberspacer Bill Droel for the National Center for the Laity. If you want to receive a copy of that newsletter, either electronically or in hard copy, please send me an e-mail and I will have it forwarded to you. (Any cyberspacer worth his or her salt already subscribes to Initiatives, of course.)

Here are my favorite quotes from Pope John Paul II on work:  Read more

Spirituality at Work: Spiritual Support for Our Co-Workers

 By Woodeene Koenig-Bricker

How can we support co-workers who are going through difficult times in their lives? Sometimes we prefer to take the ostrich approach: if I don’t talk about the divorce or the surgery or the child on drugs or the death then maybe they won’t bring it up either. Or we opt for the awkward quick sympathy: I’m really sorry to hear about (blank). Now, how about that project?

It’s natural and understandable to want to avoid getting into the depths of another’s troubles. Who wants to hear all the gory details when there is work to be done? (Or even when there isn’t work to be done!) However, as followers of Christ, we are asked to do a little more and be a little more than ordinary workers.

Having gone through several difficult situations myself and having had colleagues go through many, I have a few suggestions on how we can be of spiritual support to our co-workers. Read more

The Spirituality of Work

The Spirituality of Work

By Brian Diehm

Human work participates in God’s ongoing creation, and leads to holiness in the world.

Catholic Way –

It seems difficult at times to reconcile the toil and “worldliness” of work with a Christian’s call to holiness. For the lay faithful, however, work is a means of sanctification, not only for himself but for the world around him. In obedience to God’s command to “fill the earth and subdue it,” our daily work participates in extending His will through every part of His creation. Christians are called to be conscious of how their work contributes to building the Kingdom of God on earth, to their growth as human beings, and to their growth in holiness.

For many Christians, holiness is matter of weekly public worship and private prayer. They would not call themselves holy, in the way that they see the Church hierarchy as “religious” by nature and calling. However, secular vocation is part of our holiness as lay Christians. Through our work, we achieve sanctification and return to God the gifts of life. If we fail to understand the sanctity of our work, we can fail to revere God’s ongoing creation in our daily tasks, and be unable to draw strength from the communion with God that our work represents. Work has a singular dignity in God’s plan, and we must understand the sanctifying nature of our work. Read more