My Dear Friends,
This Sunday, Catholic Christians celebrate the 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time.
In the Gospel of Matthew, we read, “Whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. What profit would there be for one to gain the whole world and forfeit his life? Or what can one give in exchange for his life? For the Son of Man will come with his angels in his Father’s glory, and then he will repay all according to his conduct” (Matthew 16: 24-27).

This Monday, September 4th, Americans celebrate Labor Day, the symbolic end of summer. The purpose of Labor Day is to honor workers and their work. For Catholic Christians, this day, though secular in nature, reminds us of the powerful social teachings of the Church about the sanctity of work and the nobility of workers. This day reminds us to be thankful for our work and for all who strive to make this a better world through their labor. And, of course, it reminds us to continually fight for decent wages and working conditions for all workers.

Sincerely yours in Christ,
– Father Bob