Dear Brothers & Sisters in Christ,
This Labor Day weekend we honor all those who work to do those things which contribute to the health and well-being on a farm or factory, or in an office, powerline or hospital or roadways they help to build up the “earthly city.” All work that seeks the good of the human person is sacred. St. Teresa of Lisieux the Little Flower relished in performing the most menial jobs in her religious community for she saw her efforts as a way of glorifying God and serving her fellow sisters.
For the glory of God and service to the community our faith gives labor a whole new perspective. Instead of seeing it as a curse or punishment as a result of original sin, we embrace it as a means of sanctification. In today’s Sacred Scriptures we are challenged to love our neighbor and be responsible in helping them get to heaven. This “holy labor” is a charge given to all of us by Virtue of our Baptism and Confirmation.
Another most vital labor is the education and formation of our children in the ways of Faith and in academic pursuits. Especially, we ask God’s blessing upon teachers, students, and administrators as they begin their noble task. We pray for all those who are off to college and universities that they may responsibly interact on campuses for their safety and that of their fellow students and professors. May all their labors prove fruitful in fulfilling God’s plan for them.
And as we prepare to celebrate the birthday of the Blessed Mother this coming Tuesday, September 8, let us ask her intercession and protection on all.
Please be aware of the collection for the Holy Land that will be taken next weekend. Because of the restrictions during Holy Week this important assistance for our Fellow Christians in the Land of Our Lord was postponed until now. Please be as generous as we possibly can.