Labor Sabbath

Reflections on Labor Day Weekend

On this Labor Day weekend, we have an opportunity to reflect on what the Church teaches us about the dignity of work and the rights of workers. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, together with Catholic Relief Services, recently created this video to communicate the Church’s teaching on work:

You may also want to re-read last Sunday’s readings: Dt. 4:1-2, 6-8; Psalm 15:2-5; Jas. 1:17-18, 21b-22, 27, and  the Gospel of Mark: 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23.

A few reflections:

Catholic tradition, work is more than a way to make a living; it is a form of continuing participation in God’s creation. This Labor Day, reflect on the dignity of work by visiting the US Conference of Catholic Bishops' website to read their annual Labor Day statement.

This Labor Day, use your power as a consumer to support companies that value fair prices, safe working conditions and environmentally sustainable practices at home and around the world The Catholic Relief Services Ethical Trade website connects consumers with products produced in ethical manners.

Prayer for Work

Creator God, thank you for providing us
with the gift to share our talents.

Provide our community, our nation, our world
the fortitude to provide work for all, which is decent and fair.

Make us faithful stewards of your creation
to enhance the human dignity of our global family. 

We ask this in the name of Jesus, who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit, now and forever.


(From Being Neighbor: The Catechism and Social Justice, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, April 1998)

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