Monday, September 4, 2017

Friends visit often! ...

...but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing. - Psalm 34:10b

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"A friend will visit his friend
in the morning to wish him a a good day, 
in the evening, a good night,
taking also an opportunity to converse with him during the day. 
In like manner make visits to
Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament,
if your duties permit it. 

It is especially at the foot of the altar 
that one prays well.
In all your visits to Our Savior, frequently offer
His precious blood to the Eternal Father.
You will find these visits very conducive to increase in you divine love."

St Mary Magdalen de'Pazzi (+1607)

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 by Fr. Peter John Cameron, o.p.
From Blessing Prayers
© Magnificat – Used with permission.    

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. Amen.

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

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