MASS FOR THE MEMORIAL OF ST JOSEPH THE WORKER


Today's memorial of St Joseph the Worker is important for it reminds us of the dignity of human work especially at a time when many cannot work or who have lost their jobs. The teaching of the Gospel and the Church is that human beings are not units of production whose dignity is defined by their usefulness. We believe that everyone has gifts and talents that are God given and that were given for us to be co-creators with God in making the world more beautiful and better.

'Work remains a good thing, not only because it is useful and enjoyable, but also because it expresses and increases the worker’s dignity. Through work we not only transform the world, we are transformed ourselves, becoming “more a human being.”

Laborem Exercens (“On Human Work,” Donders translation), Pope John Paul II, 1981, #9.

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