As you read this I will be somewhere in France on vacation for 12 days. I am traveling with 32 people enjoying the sights, including the Normandy beaches, which I am very much looking forward to; everyone says it is truly inspirational.
I wish you a Happy Labor Day weekend! As we honor and support workers this weekend I share with you a brief reflection from the U.S. Catholic Bishops.
“For many of us, Labor Day provides a much-needed break from the rigors of our busy work weeks. But as we gather with friends and family this Labor Day, we also are reminded of our Catholic responsibility to honor and support those who work hard to keep our society and our economy healthy-especially those who work hard but remain in poverty.
A special duty to the poor is a part of our Church's tradition called Catholic Social Teaching. As the U.S. Catholic Bishops write, "Catholic Social Teaching is a central and essential element of our faith. Its roots are in the Hebrew prophets who announced God's special love for the poor and called God's people to a covenant of love and justice. It is a teaching founded on the life and words of Jesus Christ, who came ‘to bring glad tidings to the poor’… (Luke 4:18-19), and who identified himself with ‘the least of these,’ the hungry and the stranger (cf. Matthew 25:45). Catholic social teaching is built on a commitment to the poor … As the Catechism of the Catholic Church explains, ‘To receive in truth the Body and Blood of Christ given up for us, we must recognize Christ in the poorest, his brethren’ (Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 1397).”
Have a happy return to school week, and make sure to take some time to enjoy the beauty of nature we are blessed with. It will be good for your spirit.
Let us continue to pray and sacrifice for peace in our world!
In peace and courage,