The irony of Labor Day just past has been gnawing at me. As I understand it, Labor Day was achieved by the labor movement to celebrate the achievements of the American worker. Part of the motivation was to make the American worker appreciated in order to push for higher wages and better working conditions.
However, we recall that at that time, (early 20th century) the target for this holiday were some of the lowest paid workers who were pushing the industrial machine.
Now many of our manufacturing jobs have been shipped overseas.
Today the lowest paid American workers are in service and retail jobs … and they don’t get a holiday on Labor Day.
In the drive to make more and more money, we have lost the meaning of holidays.
Holidays have become opportunities for business to make more money, not to relax and enjoy our family, not to appreciate our country and our heritage, and most definitely not to worship our God.
Especially as Catholics, how many of our Holy Days have been moved to Sundays so we can celebrate with the Holy Sacrifice?
I listened to a talk the other day about how St. John Paul II viewed keeping Sunday holy as a key component of "the new evangelization" - a sign to the culture. But to be a sign, we need to actually practice this gift from God.
Oremus pro invicem!