Monday, September 1, 2014

Prodigy of God's love

on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. - I Cor 1:8

"But if we speak of the adorable Sacrament of the Eucharist, we can say that here is the prodigy of the love of a God for us; it is here that His power, grace, and goodness shine in a marvelous manner.

Here is the bread come down from heaven, the bread of Angels which is given to us to be the food of our souls; the bread of the strong to comfort and sweeten our sorrows; here is the bread of the wayfarers; it is the key which opens heaven for us; so said the Saviour: 'whosoever will receive Me will have life eternal.'

To give us this bread, Jesus multiplies miracles, inverts the order of nature and suspends its laws."

St John Vianney

American Federal Holiday
First Monday in September
"Work is not only good in the sense that it is useful or something to enjoy; it is also good as being something worthy, that is to say, something that corresponds to man's dignity, that expresses this dignity and increases it. ... Work is a good thing for man - a good thing for his humanity  - because through work man not only transforms nature, adapting it to his own needs, but he also achieves fulfillment as a human being and indeed in a sense becomes 'more a human being.'" ~ St JP II, Laborem Exercens #9

Prayer after Work  ~ composed by Fr Peter John Cameron, O.P.

Most merciful Father, thank you for this day of work with all its achievements as well as its burdens.  Thank you for all the successes, the challenges, and even the difficulties that it brought to me.  Your Son once said to His Apostles, "Come by yourselves to an out-of-the-way place and rest a little." Thank you for this gift of rest.  May this time be a chance for me to renew my gratitude for all your blessings.  In your great compassion and generosity, please be mindful of those who are out of work.  And help me to do a better job tomorrow.  I ask this through Christ our Lord.

 St Joseph, patron of the Worker, pray for us!

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