In 1894, the federal government recognized Labor Day as a federal holiday to be celebrated on the first Monday in September. This day celebrates the contribution of all American workers and their contribution to our society. It began in an era of difficult times for workers. Folks faced poor working conditions at the turn of the century as the Industrial Revolution was taking hold. Work is central to the formation and moral of the individual person. Pope St. John Paul II wrote an encyclical titled On Human Work states that “work expresses and increases human dignity.” The document also states that the human worker must take precedence over things and is critical of economic systems that do not prioritize the condition of the worker. It is an excellent and challenging document calling us to holy work and seeing that Christ forms us through the sharing of our gifts and talents. I pray for you this Labor Day and ask God’s blessings on the whole Holy Spirit community.
“Faith is to believe what you do not see. The reward of faith is to see what you believe.”
– St. Augustine of Hippo