Monday, September 04, 2006

The "Irony" of Labor Day

"It must be said over and over again that work is for man, not man for work…The worker is always more important than profits and machines." --John Paul II, Talk in Sydney, Australia, November 1986

Wait a minute, this isn't funny.

It is, however, "ironic" in the most profound Christian sense: the statement goes against the apparent reality in our culture.

How many jobs really value the human being in his or her wholeness?

How does our work culture fail in contributing to the culture of life?

Happy Labor Day to all us Americans. Go celebrate the God who is the source of our human dignity. We'll be back to some (hopefully life-giving) ironic amusement tomorrow.

(who is working today, FYI)

p.s. If your picnic is washed out, go read JP II's On Human Work. Or bring it along.


Anonymous said...

The real irony of labor day is taking a day off to celebrate labor.

angelmeg said...

Even more Ironic is the worst offender is the Church who treats her lay workers horribly.

James M. Hahn said...

What's even more ironic is that many laborers have the day off but are not paid. So Labor Day becomes a penalty day!

The Ironic Catholic said...

Wow. Touch a chord, everyone?