Vincent understood the meaning of work. He knew that we love God not only by acts of prayer, but “with the sweat of our brows and the strength of our arms.” On this Labor Day in the U.S., a day on which we celebrate the acheivements of workers, it is useful to reflect on the meaning of work from a Catholic perspective.

In the words of the Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church, work “is the condition not only for economic development but also for the cultural and moral development of persons, the family, society and the entire human race.” Work is how we participate in God’s creative activity in the world, how we fulfill our calling to be in the image of God.

Read my fuller reflection on the Catholic understanding of work posted this morning on Creo on Dios!