Our prayers that you have a lovely Labor Day holiday weekend. Our church has always had a sincere concern for the dignity of all workers and laborers. In Catholic countries May 1st, the feast of St. Joseph the Worker, is their national holiday for honoring the labor of humankind.
So….in this spirit we welcome our dear friends, guests and visitors who worship and pray with us, celebrating with us around our altar this final weekend of the summer season. It is an eloquent statement of faith when we make the effort to participate in Holy Mass, even as we travel, because we show that we really know our sustenance comes from God! And how lovely to see entire families coming to Mass together!
Let us ponder the words of Pope Leo from the ageless pastoral letter “On the Condition of Human Labor. “Equity therefore commands that public authority show proper concern for the worker so that from what he contributes to the common good he may receive what will enable him, housed, clothed, and secure, to live life without hardship. It follows that all those measures ought to be favored which seem in any way capable of benefiting the condition of workers. Such solicitude is far from injuring anyone, rather it is destined to benefit all.”