Psalm 56, Verse 3-5
3 My foes treat me harshly all the day; yes, many are my attackers. O Most High, 4 when I am AFRAID, in you I place my trust. 5 I praise the word of God; I trust in God, I do not fear. What can mere flesh do to me?
we must be in the world but not of
the world. Christ in His Sermon on the Mount taught us how our lifestyle is to
not afraid but be brave in the world loving even the
not become prideful and self-important but show humility; reverence
and respect to all: for they are created by the hand of God.
not envy the wicked; but let your desire be to
be kind remembering they must
account for themselves before God; respect and be loyal to them.
your anger be at injustice, showing patience, compassion, and
forgiveness to the sinner.
temperate and do all things in moderation; do not greedily take
things to yourself but share your wealth with those in need. Remember to show
true charity by helping them with their troubles thus empowering them
to become greater; to pursue righteousness.
not become slothful or failing to resist evil but
be diligent to build the Kingdom of God; one day and one person at a
time: begin with yourself.
not be gluttonous; avoid excess and exclusivity (the country club mentality)
but be temperate; sacrifice, give up and surrender to the Spirit of God.
not look on others as objects to be used for lustful needs but see
them as created by the hand of God; your chase purpose is to help
them achieve God’s dream for them.
Imagine the change in the world if parents used this
as the yardstick to train their children.
of the Catholic Church
PART THREE: LIFE IN CHRIST
SECTION ONE-MAN'S VOCATION LIFE IN THE
CHAPTER TWO-THE HUMAN
vocation of humanity is to show forth the image of God and to be transformed
into the image of the Father's only Son. This vocation takes a personal form
since each of us is called to enter into the divine beatitude; it also concerns
the human community as a whole.
Every Wednesday is
Dedicated to St. Joseph
The Italian culture has
always had a close association with St. Joseph perhaps you could make
Wednesdays centered around Jesus’s Papa. Plan an Italian dinner of pizza or
spaghetti after attending Mass as most parishes have a Wednesday evening Mass.
You could even do carry out to help restaurants. If you are adventurous, you
could do the Universal Man Plan: St. Joseph style. Make the evening a family night,
perhaps it could be a game night. Whatever you do, make the day special.
Work is both an obligation and a right. Both workers and employees have responsibilities under God.
What does the Catholic Church teach about work?
Here are some excerpts from the USCCB, which detail several of the Church's teachings on work.
LOS ANGELES, CA
(Catholic Online) - Work is an important part of who we are. It is a common
boast how long people work and how much they earn as a result of their labor.
We identify so powerfully with our work that a common question upon meeting
another person tends to be, "What do you do for work?"
While the question
isn't always welcome, for it suggests the dignity of a person is primarily
attached to their work, it tells a lot about our society. And indeed, work does
We spend a lot of
time talking about work, the value of labor, and what we should do with those
who cannot or choose not to work. What should the poor do? Should the working
poor be paid more? Or should they work doubly hard for the same pay?
While we grapple,
sometimes fiercely with these questions, the Catholic Church has already
provided some direction. Read these excerpts, courtesy of the USCCB, and then
consider these questions again. Do these statements change your mind? Or to
they reinforce what you already know?
God rests on the seventh day.
God settles man in the garden of Eden to cultivate and care for it.
The Sabbath is for everyone-all are allowed to rest from their work.
The Lord blesses our work so that we may share its fruits with others.
Do not withhold wages from your workers, for their livelihood depends on them.
To deprive an employee of wages is to commit murder.
To observe religious practices, but oppress your workers is false worship.
Woe to him who treats his workers unjustly.
All workers should be paid a just and living wage.
The Sabbath was made for people, not people for the Sabbath.
Practice integrity in your work.
One's worth is not determined by an abundance of possessions.
Those who become
rich by abusing their workers have sinned against God.
Work is, as has
been said, an obligation, that is to say, a duty, on the part of man. . . Man
must work, both because the Creator has commanded it and because of his own
humanity, which requires work in order to be maintained and developed. Man must
work out of regard for others,
especially his own family, but also for the society he belongs to, the country
of which he is a child, and the whole human family of which he is a member,
since he is the heir to the work of generations and at the same time a sharer
in building the future of those who will come after him in the succession of
history. On Human Work (Laborem Exercens)
Work is a good
thing for man-a good thing for his humanity-because through work man not only
transforms nature, adapting it to his own needs, but he also achieves
fulfilment as a human being and indeed, in a sense, becomes "more a human
being." On Human Work (Laborem Exercens)
The obligation to
earn one's bread by the sweat of one's brow also presumes the right to do so. A
society in which this right is systematically denied, in which economic
policies do not allow workers to reach satisfactory levels of employment,
cannot be justified from an ethical point of view, nor can that society attain
social peace. The Hundredth Year (Centesimus
In many cases,
poverty results from a violation of the dignity of human work, either because
work opportunities are limited (through
unemployment or underemployment), or "because a low value is put on work
and the rights that flow from it, especially the right to a just wage and to
the personal security of the worker and his or her family." Charity in
Truth (Caritas in Veritate)
All people have the
right to economic initiative, to productive work, to just wages and benefits,
to decent working conditions, as well as
to organize and join unions or other associations.
A Catholic Framework for Economic Life.
All these rights,
together with the need for the workers themselves to secure them, give rise to
yet another right: the right of association, that is to form associations for
the purpose of defending the vital
interests of those employed in the various professions. These associations are
called labor or trade unions. On Human Work (Laborem Exercens)
As the Church
solemnly reaffirmed in the recent Council, "the beginning, the subject and
the goal of all social institutions is and must be the human person." All
people have the right to work, to a chance to develop their qualities and their
personalities in the exercise of their professions, to equitable remuneration
which will enable them and their families "to lead a worthy life on the
material, social, cultural and spiritual level" and to assistance in case
of need arising from sickness or age. A Call to Action (Octogesima Adveniens)
The economic sphere
is neither ethically neutral, nor inherently inhuman or opposed to society. It
is part and parcel of human activity and precisely because it is human, it must
be structured and governed in an ethical manner. Charity in Truth (Caritas in
I would like to
remind everyone, especially governments engaged in boosting the world's
economic and social assets, that the primary capital to be safeguarded and
valued is man, the human person in his or her integrity: "Man is the
source, the focus and the aim of all economic and social life." Charity in
Truth (Caritas in Veritate), quoting The Church in the Modern World. (Gaudium