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Labor Day

It’s such a wonderful occasion to celebrate the first Monday of September as Labor Day: a moment to ponder and reflect on the dignity of Labor especially for the working class. It was a great opportunity for me to preach about the condition of labor with almost a direct reference and emphasis on the Popes’ numerous encyclicals. Labor Day is a special time to recognize the invaluable contributions of the work force to the well-being of the society, with a very special participation of the undocumented in shaping the economy mostly in the major cities. It’s a marvelous event to appreciate individuals who work 2 or 3 jobs to put food on the table, keep the bills paid, avoid foreclosures, put gas in the tank, afford health care and the increasing prices of commodities. It’s also a chance to raise our voices against those who feel that their services and expertise are merely used as machines, as instruments of profit and money- making due to excessive labor. 


Work has a spiritual dimension. There has to be mutual relations between the employer and the employee. Moreover, labor should better the condition of the working class and the poor should rise above the poverty level. Amen. 

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A Filipino Catholic Priest, born and raised in Virac, Catanduanes, Philippines, ordained for the Diocese of Tucson, AZ, eleven years in ministry and counting, currently assigned as Pastor of St. Christopher Catholic Parish, Marana, AZ.

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