Lori ElsassPastor

“The Lord God then took the man and settled him in the garden of Eden, to cultivate and care for it.” – Genesis 2:15

On this Sunday before Labor Day, we have an opportunity to reflect on what the Church teaches us about the dignity of work.  In the Catholic tradition, work is more than a way to make a living; it is a form of continued participation in God’s creative action.  Work, properly understood, can be a place of great sanctity, giving expression to the deep yearnings of the human person; where people are permitted to embrace work as a cooperation with God’s creative power, the mundane can become transcendent.  Let us give thanks to God present to us in the Eucharist as we toil for our heavenly reward.  Let us give thanks for the human vocation to work, and strive to make our businesses, our communities, our nation, and our world places where the human person can fully thrive.

Have a blessed and safe Labor Day!

If you wish to reflect on the dignity of work please visit to read the annual Labor Day statement from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.