September 1, 2019
Where has the summer gone? I cannot believe it is already September and Labor Day weekend. Our parish family wishes a productive and spirit-filled academic year to all of our students going back to school on Tuesday, September 3rd. As you learn many new things and become involved in sports and other activities, our job as a Christian disciple is always and in everything to ask ourselves: What is God asking of me? The development of a discerning heart takes a lifetime of practice but is the ultimate path to fulfillment and eternal joy. Are you in charge of a parish ministry? Just a gentle reminder to get your ministry schedule to Kathie in the rectory so she can put your meetings and events on the parish calendar. Her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. As we celebrate Labor Day, I got to thinking of the Church’s social documents. The foundational document for Catholic Social Teaching was promulgated in 1891 by Pope Leo XIII with his encyclical Rerum Novarum (On the Condition of Labor). This was published during the time of the Industrial Revolution to address the disparities between capital and labor. In it, Pope Leo advocates for the right of workers to unionize, the opportunity to own private property, fair wages, reasonable working conditions, and for the state to work toward the common good of all. He grounds these principles in the dignity of the human person as created in the image of God. “Workers are not to be treated as slaves; justice demands that the dignity of human personality be respected in them, … gainful occupations are not a mark of shame to man, but rather of respect, as they provide him with an honorable means of supporting life. It is shameful and inhuman, however, to use men as things for gain and to put no more value on them than what they are worth in muscle and energy.” Enjoy your relaxing Labor Day!