Archive | September 2012

Labor Day

From Today’s Liturgy:

Ecclesiasticus 38:27-32a

So it is with every artisan and master artisan
who labors by night as well as by day;
those who cut the signets of seals,
each is diligent in making a great variety;
they set their heart on painting a lifelike image,
and they are careful to finish their work.
So it is with the smith, sitting by the anvil,
intent on his iron-work;
the breath of the fire melts his flesh,
and he struggles with the heat of the furnace;
the sound of the hammer deafens his ears,
and his eyes are on the pattern of the object.
He sets his heart on finishing his handiwork,
and he is careful to complete its decoration.

So it is with the potter sitting at his work
and turning the wheel with his feet;
he is always deeply concerned over his products,
and he produces them in quantity.
He molds the clay with his arm
and makes it pliable with his feet;
he sets his heart to finish the glazing,
and he takes care in firing the kiln.
All these rely on their hands,
and all are skillful in their own work.
Without them no city can be inhabited,
and wherever they live, they will not go hungry.

Ora et Labora. Pray and work. Recognize the value of the people who are employees, union members, workers of all kinds, imbue them with human value against a world that reduces them to service. The value of work is not in the numbers, but we should make sure that when we pay, we pay a fair value, something that recognizes the dignity of another person at their craft.

That’s all I have today.