Monday, September 2, 2013

Let us imitate Him!

For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain - Philippians 1:21
Humility, obedience, meekness, and love
are the virtues that shine
through the Cross
and the Blessed Sacrament of the Altar. 
O my Jesus, help me imitate you!
St Anthony Mary Claret
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.'" ~ Bl John Paul 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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