Spiritual Reflections by Brother Bob

Spiritual Reflections, August 31, 2019 by Br. Bob Roddy, OFM Conv., Director, Franciscan Retreats and Spirituality Center

This weekend we celebrate Labor Day, a day set aside to celebrate the American worker. Interestingly enough, this year is the 125th Anniversary of Labor Day becoming a National Holiday.

The dignity of work and workers themselves was articulated by Pope Leo XIII in 1891 in his groundbreaking encyclical, Rerum et Novarum. The title, Rerum et Novarum, roughly translates: “on new things.” The subtitle of the encyclical, “The Rights and Duties of Capital and Labor,” provides a greater understanding of the scope and message of the Pope’s encyclical. A papal encyclical is a pastoral letter that is addressed to the whole Church. In this letter, Pope Leo recognized that workers had a right to collectively organize into unions; that workers had a right to work in humane conditions and that they had a right to a fair wage….

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