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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Our Work

“What do you want to be when you grow up?” used to be asked of small children to get some idea of what interested them.  Sometimes the answer changed over and over again.  Sometimes the answer the child gave centered the child’s interests for years, if not for a lifetime.

Some people work in order to make a living; for others, work is an expression of who they are.  If our work is also a vocation, a response on our part to a call from God and others, then work is both a way of earning money and a way of life. 

The dignity of work comes not from how much money the work returns but from the fact that the worker is a human person, made in God’s image and likeness and destined to live with God forever.  God created us out of nothing plus his love; we are like God when we act out of pure generosity.  Our life with God and our work for him are the “pay-back” for his love.  Our work therefore takes its place in the full gamut of activities that make a human life into something good and beautiful for us and for God.

Francis Cardinal George, OMI

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