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Labour Day in Canada

The first Monday of September in Canada is Labour Day [and it is spelled that way here too!]

In preparing for Mass tomorrow I came across an excellent article on Catholic Online that talks about the dignity of labour with reference to the teaching of Blessed John Paul II.

He emphasized the need for work to be rescued “from the logic of profit, from the lack of solidarity, from the fever of earning ever more, from the desire to accumulate and consume.” When the focus of work becomes subjected to what he called “inhuman wealth”, he said, it becomes a “seductive and merciless idol.” That rescue occurs when we “return to the austere words of the Divine Master: ‘For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself?'” Finally, the “servant of the servants of God” proclaimed that Jesus, The “divine Worker of Nazareth” also “reminds us that ‘life is more than food’ and that work is for man, not man for work. What makes a life great is not the entity of gain, nor the type of profession, or the level of the career. Man is worth infinitely more than the goods he produces or possesses.”

Read the article here.

I am reminded, too, of the hymn Lord of All Hopefulness, especially verse 2 (which can be sung to the familiar SLANE of “Be Thou My Vision” fame).

Saint Joseph the worker, pray for us!

Lord of All Hopefulness
Lord of all hopefulness, Lord of all joy,
whose trust, ever childlike, no cares could destroy,
be there at our waking, and give us, we pray,
your bliss in our hearts, Lord, at the break of the day.

Lord of all eagerness, Lord of all faith,
whose strong hands were skilled at the plane and the lathe,
be there at our labours, and give us, we pray,
your strength in our hearts, Lord, at the noon of the day.

Lord of all kindliness, Lord of all grace,
your hands swift to welcome, your arms to embrace,
be there at our homing, and give us, we pray,
your love in our hearts, Lord, at the eve of the day.

Lord of all gentleness, Lord of all calm,
whose voice is contentment, whose presence is balm,
be there at our sleeping, and give us, we pray,
your peace in our hearts, Lord, at the end of the day.

Earlier in the week, Fr Chris Ryan posted about World Youth Day 2013, and posed some thoughtful questions about the place of WYD in ongoing youth ministry.  World Youth Day is undoubtedly one of the great legacies of Blessed John Paul II to the church.  But how do we incorporate it into the ongoing evangelisation of young people?  See the links below.  What do you think?

WYD Rio in 2 Years?  A Couple of Things to Think About

Pope Benedict XVI announced yesterday that the next World Youth Day will be held in Rio de Janeiro in 2013.  It will be the second time that WYD has been held in South America, as Buenos Aires hosted the second WYD in 1987.  As the demographic centre of Catholicism moves south, it is very exciting that the youth of the world will gather in Brazil in two years time. But it is only two years away.  At a practical level that means that Australian Di … Read More

via Seeing Swans at Night

Walking through treacle

I’m sure some of my confreres here are wondering how on earth it could have taken me nearly a week to read one article.  (And no, the answer is not because I’ve wasted all my time blogging)!

The first reason is that I’m a slow reader at the best of times.  But the article in question contributed as well.

One sentence should provide an adequate example:

“Any limitation or self-limitation of papal authority that prescinded from the intrinsic objective truth of the college-pope relationship could only result from a voluntaristic nominalism that would be unable to establish a practice epistemologically capable of revealing the intrinsic nature of the relationship itself.”

[Eugenio Corecco, “Aspects of the Reception of Vatican II in the Code of Canon Law,” in The Reception of Vatican II, edited by Giuseppe Alberigo et al, translated by Matthew J. O’Connell, Washington, D.C., The Catholic University of America Press, 1987, p.  286.]

Got it?!  47 pages of that was definitely slow going.  Except for the fact that it might be fairly obvious that I was bluffing if I looked like I truly understood it, I’d love to include it in my paper just to “share the joy” with the professor who will have to read it!  But I’m sure there are some other mind-boggling sentences I’ll be able to at least add as footnotes.

It was an interesting article, nonetheless, and helpful as I try to propose some of the canonical contributions of Blessed John Paul II, responsible for the 1983 Code of Canon Law as the supreme legislator.

People have been asking how my research is going.  My response is that I’m slowly chipping away at it.  I keep reminding myself that my goal for the summer holiday was to “break the back” of the project, and not finish it!  I’m certainly much closer to having a plan for the paper, which I hope I’ll be able to commit to paper after another look at the primary documents I’m focusing on.  And once the plan is written, I should even be able to start writing.  So I’m certainly a lot further advanced than I was two months ago.  Thanks be to God!  As I’ve also said, Blessed John Paul II is my heavenly intercessor for this one.

By the way, has anyone out there actually walked through treacle?  At least you could have a snack as you went …

 

My work at the moment

My current work at the moment is preparing a “seminar paper” as part of the requirements for a licentiate in canon law.

We are currently on summer break, and there are a few more weeks before classes resume, so I am trying to get a fair amount of research done.

I wanted to do something in honour of Blessed John Paul II in this, his beatification year.  I thought it would also be useful to have a heavenly intercessor to help me get this paper done!  He is helping me already, I am sure.

In a few months time, I hope to [read: must] have another 40 or so pages to add to the one to the right!