Happy Labor Day. Rest up. Celebrate the end of summer and the easing back into the ‘normal’ schedule for the year. Parents are rejoicing, and children are mourning as school bells are ringing once again. Remember that when you work and study, you are using the gifts that God has given you. He doesn’t give gifts without a purpose. Work has inherent dignity, that is often lost on modern man. We store up for ourselves the fruit of our labor in order to be able to provide for the future and live in a dignified manner. Moreover, work finds it ultimate reference when directed to God and we participate in the mystery of building up civilization in love and peace. Work took on an even greater dignity in the incarnation: God himself labored and earned His food by the sweat of his brow. I pray that you find great peace in your labors, that you not be enslaved by the demands of the workweek, and that work always be prioritized behind your faith and family. Our worth is not determined by our job titles, but by our love. May Saint Joseph the Worker intercede for us. Have a happy and restful Labor Day.
Prayers of reparation for Sins of the Clergy:
Monday September 3rd, Labor day:
6:00 pm Holy Hour of Adoration followed by
7:00 pm Mass to pray for the victims of abuse and in reparation.
And what is Reparation?
An online Catholic dictionary says, “it means making up with greater love for the failure in love through sin; it means restoring what was unjustly taken and compensating with generosity for the selfishness that caused the injury.
Consider the words of two popes (emphasis is mine):
“Whereas the primary object of consecration [to the Sacred Heart] is that the creature should repay the love of the Creator by loving him in return, yet from this another naturally follows — that is, to make amends for the insults offered to the Divine Love by oblivion and neglect, and by the sins and offenses of mankind. This duty is commonly called by the name of “reparation.” Pius XI.
Pope St. John Paul 2: “In no passage of the Gospel message does forgiveness… mean indulgence towards evil, towards scandals, towards injury or insult. In any case, reparation for evil and scandal, compensation for injury, and satisfaction for insult are conditions for forgiveness.“
Note that Pope Pius and JP2 both put reparation and making amends as a necessity of justice. By living, praying, and sacrificing with greater generosity, we seek to make amends for the injury done to our very brothers and sisters by the horrifically selfish and evil acts of clergy.
Join us tomorrow if you wish to join this essential work.