01-20-2019 The Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers

Our Lady of the Holy Rosary-St. Richard Catholic Church
Journey of Faith
JANUARY 20, 2019 - SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
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Opening Prayer
Scripture Readings
“Underlying every form of work is a concept of the relationship which we can and must have with what is other than ourselves.”

Pope Francis, Laudato Si’
THE DIGNITY OF WORK AND THE RIGHTS OF WORKERS
How do you view your work?

One of the seven themes of CST is the dignity of work and the rights of workers, which is highlighted in the foundational text on CST, Rerum Novarum, [“of the new things”] or “The Condition of Labor,” issued by Pope Leo XIII on May 15, 1891. It is a theme discussed by successive Popes in later encyclicals, and most recently by Pope Francis, who writes:
Work should be the setting for this rich personal growth, where many aspects of life enter into play: creativity, planning for the future, developing our talents, living out our values, relating to others, giving glory to God. It follows that, in the reality of to-day's global society, it is essential that "we continue to prioritize the goal of access to steady employment for everyone," no matter the limited interests of business and dubious economic reasoning. We were created with a vocation to work. The goal should not be that technological progress increasingly replace human work, for this would be detrimental to humanity. Work is a necessity, part of the meaning of life on this earth, a path to growth, human development and personal fulfillment. Helping the poor financially must always be a provisional solution in the face of pressing needs. The broader objective should always be to allow them a dignified life through work. (Pope Francis, “On Care for Our Common Home” [Laudato Si’], nos. 127-28).
The U.S. Bishops reiterate this theme when they write:
The economy must serve people, not the other way around. Work is more than a way to make a living; it is a form of continuing participation in God’s creation. If the dignity of work is to be protected, then the basic rights of workers must be respected--the right to productive work, to decent and fair wages, to the organization and joining of unions, to private property, and to economic initiative.
The U.S. Bishops offer a framework of “ten key principles to help Catholics reflect on the values that should shape our participation in economic life” stating,
All economic life should be shaped by moral principles. Economic choices and institutions must be judged by how they protect or undermine the life and dignity of the human person, support the family and serve the common good….[and] how the poor and vulnerable are faring…. All people have a right to life and to secure the basic necessities of life, such as food, clothing, shelter, education, health care, safe environment, and economic security…All people, to the extent they are able, have a corresponding duty to work, a responsibility to provide for the needs of their families and an obligation to contribute to the broader society.
Reflect on Your Experience

How does your work contribute to your personal growth?

How are you participating in the productive work of God’s creation?
U.S. Catholic Catechism for Adults   Catecismo Catolico de Los Estadios Unidos para los Adultos  
Compendium on the Social Doctrine of the Church    Compendio de la Doctrina Social de la Iglesia
Videos
"CST 101 - The Dignity of Work and Rights of Workers" (USCCB)

"Prayer Intention for the Dignity and Respect of Workers" (Pope Francis)

"Dignity of Work: Globalization and Greed"

"The Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers"

"Catholic Social Teaching and the Dignity of Work"

"Vox Clamantis: The Dignity of Human Work"

"The Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers"

"The Dignity of Labor" (Martin Luther King, Jr.)

"Rights for Worker's" (Pax Christi)
Music
"Blessed is the Lord"

"Glory and Praise to Our God"

"Go Light Your World"

Other Resources
"Dignity of Work and Rights of Workers" (USCCB)

"Dignity in Work" (CCT - UK)

"Dignity of Work and Rights of Workers" (Education for Justice.org)

"Catholic Social Teaching: Dignity of Work - Christ Working for Christ" (Catholic Online)

"Dignity and Rights of Workers" (California Catholic Conference)

"Work and Worker's Rights" (Catholic Charities of St. Paul & Minneapolis)

"Pope Francis on the Dignity of Labor" (America Magazine)

"Catholic Teaching Emphasizes Respect for Workers" (Our Sunday Visitor)

"Rerum Novarum" - "On Capital and Labor" (Pope Leo XIII)

"Laborem Exercens" - "On Human Work"  (St. John Paul II)

"Economic Justice for All: A Pastoral Letter on Catholic Social Teaching and the U.S. Economy" (USCCB)

"A Decade After 'Economic Justice for All': Continuing Principles, Changing Context, New Challenges" (USCCB)

Other Prayer and Spiritual Practices

Social Services and Other Charitable Resources

Other Resources on Catholic Social Teaching
Reflection
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