Daily Catholic Mass – 2018-05-01 – Fr. Mitch


>>A READING FROM THE BOOK OF GENESIS. GOD SAID, LET US MAKE MAN IN OUR IMAGE AFTER OUR LIKENESS. LET THEM HAVE DOMINION OVER THE FISH OF THE SEA, THE BIRDS OF THE AIR, AND THE CATTLE. AND OVER ALL OF THE WILD ANIMALS AND ALL OF THE CREATURES THAT CRAWL ON THE GROUND. GOD CREATED MAN IN HIS IMAGE AND THE DIVINE IMAGE HE CREATED HIM. MALE AND FEMALE, HE CREATED THEM. GOD BLESSED THEM THE SAME. BE FERTILE AND MULTIPLE. FILL THE EARTH AND SUBDUE IT. HAVE DOMINION OVER THE FISH OF THE SEA, THE BIRDS OF THE AIR, AND ALL OF THE LIVING THINGS THAT MOVE ON THE EARTH. GOD ALSO SAID, SEE, I GIVE YOU EVERY SEED-BEARING PLANT, ALL OVER THE EARTH. AND EVERY TREE THAT HAS SEED BEARING FRUIT ON IT TO BE YOUR FOOD. AND TO ALL OF THE ANIMALS OF THE LAND, ALL OF THE BIRDS OF THE AIR AND ALL OF THE LIVING CREATURES THAT CRAWL ON THE GROUND. I GIVE ALL OF THE GREEN PLANTS FOR FOOD. AND SO IT HAPPENED. GOD LOOKED AT EVERYTHING HE HAD MADE AND HE FOUND IT VERY GOOD. EVENING CAME AND MORNING FOLLOWED THE 6TH DAY. THUS THE HEAVENS AND THE EARTH AND ALL OF THEIR ARRAY WERE COMPLETED. SINCE ON THE 7TH DAY GOD WAS FINISHED WITH THE WORK HE HAD BEEN DOING, GOD RESTED ON THE 7TH DAY FROM ALL OF THE WORK HE HAD UNDERTAKEN. SO GOD BLESSED THE 7TH DAY AND MADE IT HOLY BECAUSE ON IT HE RESTED FROM THE WORK HE HAD DONE IN CREATION. ♪ VERBUM DOMINI ♪>>♪ DEO GRATIAS ♪>>LORD, GIVE SUCCESS TO THE WORK OF OUR HANDS.>>LORD GIVE SUCCESS TO THE WORK OF OUR HANDS. BEFORE THE MOUNTAINS WERE BEGOTTEN AND THE EARTH AND THE WORLD WERE BROUGHT FORTH, FROM EVERLAST BEING TO EVERLASTING YOU ARE GOD.>>LORD, GIVE SUCCESS TO THE WORK OF OUR HANDS.>>YOU TURN MEN BACK TO DUST SAYING RETURN OH, CHILDREN OF MEN FOR THOUSAND YEARS IN YOUR SIGHT ARE AS YESTERDAY NOW THAT IT IS PASSED. THERE’S A WATCH OF THE NIGHT.>>LORD, GIVE SUCCESS TO THE WORK OF OUR HANDS.>>TEACH US TO NUMBER OUR DAYS ARIGHT THAT WE MAY GAIN WISDOM OF HEART. RETURN OH, LORD HOW LONG — HAVE PITY ON YOUR SERVANTS.>>LORD, GIVE SUCCESS TO THE WORK OF OUR HANDS.>>FILL US AT DAY BREAK WITH YOUR KINDNESS THAT WE MAY SHOUT FOR JOY AND GLADNESS ALL OF OUR DAYS. LET YOUR WORK BE SEEN BY YOUR SERVANTS AND YOUR GLORY BY THEIR CHILDREN.>>LORD GIVE SUCCESS TO THE WORK OF OUR HANDS.>>♪ ALLELUIA ALLELUIA ALLELUIA ♪>>♪ ALLELUIA ALLELUIA ALLELUIA ♪ ♪ BLESSED BE THE LORD DAY BY DAY ♪ ♪ GOD, OUR SALVATION WHO BEARS OUR BURDEN ♪>>♪ ALLELUIA ALLELUIA ALLELUIA ♪>>FATHER: ♪ DOMINUS VOBISCUM ♪>>♪ ET CUM SPIRITU TUO ♪>>FATHER: ♪ LECTIO SANCTI MATTHEUM ♪>>♪ GLORIA TIBI, DOMINE ♪>>JESUS CAME TO HIS NATIVE PLACE AND TAUGHT THE PEOPLE IN THEIR SYNAGOGUE. THEY WERE ASTONISHED. AND SAID, WHERE DID THIS MAN GET SUCH WISDOM AND MIGHTY DEEDS? IS HE NOT THE CARPENTER’S SON? IS NOT HIS MOTHER NAMED MARY AND HIS BROTHERS, JAMES, JOSEPH, SIMON AND JUDAS, ARE NOT HIS SISTERS ALL WITH US? WHERE DID THIS MAN GET ALL THIS? AND THEY TOOK OFFENSE AT HIM. BUT JESUS SAID TO THEM A PROPHET IS NOT WITHOUT HONOR EXCEPT IN HIS NATIVE PLACE AND IN HIS OWN HOUSE. AND HE DID NOT WORK MANY MIGHTY DEEDS THERE BECAUSE OF THEIR LACK OF FAITH. ♪ VERBUM DOMINI ♪>>♪ LAUS TIBI, CHRISTE ♪>>TODAY IS OUR SECOND CELEBRATION OF SAINT JOSEPH IN THE SPRING. THE FIRST IS HIS FEAST DAY IN APRIL. AND TODAY — EXCUSE ME, IN MARCH. AND TODAY WE CELEBRATE THE FEAST OF SAINT JOSEPH THE WORKER, A NEW FEAST. THE FEAST IN MARCH IS A VERY OLD CELEBRATION OF SAINT JOSEPH AND HIS ROLE IN SALVATION HISTORY. AND IT’S MORE LINKED TO THE FEAST OF THE ANNUNCIATION. BUT THIS IS A FEAST THAT BEGAN IN 1955, DURING MY OWN LIFETIME. I WAS A SMALL BOY OF 6. AND IT WAS DEALING WITH A CRISIS THAT HAD BEEN BUILDING IN THE WESTERN WORLD FOR OVER A HUNDRED YEARS. THAT CRISIS CAME TO A HEAD IN MY OWN HOMETOWN OF CHICAGO. PROBLEMS WITH THE CATTLE LED TO THE BURNING DOWN OF THE CITY, AND THEN IT WAS BEING REBUILT THROUGH THE 1870S. AT THE SAME TIME, LOTS OF LABORS WERE COMING INTO THE CITY, FROM EASTERN AND CENTRAL EUROPE. AND THESE LABORERS WERE BEING EXPLOITED. THERE’S NO WAY AROUND THAT. FORCED TO — IF YOU WANTED A JOB, YOU HAD TO WORK 10 HOURS A DAY, SIX DAYS A WEEK. AND IF YOU GOT HURT ON THE JOB, IF YOU DIED OF EXHAUSTION, IF YOU ENDED UP IN DRUNKENNESS BECAUSE THE LABOR WAS SO HORRENDOUS THAT THE ONLY ESCAPE FROM ALL OF IT’S DRUDGERY WAS TO GET YOURSELF DRUNK ON A REGULAR BASIS, IF YOU ENDED UP IN DEBT BECAUSE IN SOME PLACES SUCH AS WITH — WHERE THEY BUILT THE PULLMAN TRAIN CARS, IT HAD ITS OWN TOWN BUT ALL OF THE STORES BELONGED TO MR. PULLMAN AND YOU HAD TO BUY FROM THEIR STORES AND AS A RESULT YOU OWED MONEY TO THE COMPANY THAT PAID YOU AND YOU COULD HARDLY GET OUT OF THAT DEBT. HAPPENED IN MANY OTHER COMPANIES AS WELL. IT’S COAL MINES AND SUCH. THIS WAS A HORRIBLE SITUATION. AND ON ONE HAND, THIS WAS SEEN AS PROGRESS AT A TIME OF TREMENDOUS OPTIMISM HERE IN THE UNITED STATES IN PARTICULAR, BUT ELSEWHERE TOO. VARIOUS WORLD FAIRS WOULD BE SET UP TO PROMOTE THE GREAT ADVANCES IN MACHINERY AND TECHNOLOGY AND SCIENCE AND THAT THIS WAS GOING TO MAKE THE WORLD PERFECT. AND IF IT MEANT THAT A LOT OF PEOPLE WERE GOING TO BE USED TO MAKE THOSE PRODUCTS AS WELL AS THE PROFITS FOR THE CORPORATIONS, THAT WAS TOO BAD. CONCERN FOR THEM WAS OF LITTLE REGARD FOR MOST EMPLOYERS. AND, AS A RESULT, A WORKER’S MOVEMENT BEGAN TO GROW. DIFFERENT KINDS IN FACT. YOU HAD SOME WHO WERE ORGANIZING IN A MORE MODERN WAY — JUST TO GET SOMETHING AS SIMPLE AS ANALITY DAY WORKWEEK OR AN EIGHT DAY WORKDAY, AND MAYBE FIVE DAYS OR MORE TIME OFF. OTHERS WERE MORE RADICAL. SUCH AS THOSE INSPIRED BY KARL MARX AND INGALLS. HIS ASSOCIATE, FRED INGALLS. THEY WANTED TO HAVE A COMPLETE TAKEOVER OF SOCIETY BY THE WORKERS SO THAT THE WORKERS WOULD OWN ALL OF THE MEANS OF PRODUCTION. AND THESE BOILED UP INTO GREAT TENSIONS. PARTLY BECAUSE OF THE LACK OF RESPONSE BY EMPLOYERS AND PARTLY BECAUSE OF THE RADICAL INCISION BY THINKERS WHO WERE THEMSELVES NOT WORKERS. MARX WAS NOT A WORKER. NOR WAS INGALLS. AND THEY JUST WERE USING THEIR IDEAS TO INSTIGATE AND SO IN 1874 IN CHICAGO, THE ORGANIZATION, THE KNIGHTS OF LABOR AND FEDERATION OF LABOR BEGAN TO INSIST WITHIN TWO YEARS, BY MAY 1, 1876, WE WANT AN EIGHT-HOUR WORKDAY. THEY DIDN’T GET IT SO THERE WERE RIOTS ON MAY 1 AND TWO PEOPLE WERE KILLED. THAT INSPIRED MORE DEMONSTRATIONS AND MORE PEOPLE WERE KILLED THREE DAYS LATER. AND THESE WERE KNOWN IN CHICAGO AS THE HAYMARKET STREET RIOTS. AND THE DAY BECAME MARKED AROUND THE WORLD WITHIN A COUPLE OF YEARS FROM THAT. THE INTERNATIONAL SOCIALISTS SAID MAY 1 IS THE DAY FOR LABORERS AND THIS IS WHERE WE WILL HAVE MARCHERS FOR LABORERS ALL OVER THE WORLD, AND THEY COMPOSED THEIR OWN HYMN STILL KNOWN AS THE — AND CAME THE GREAT HYMN OF THE GREAT LABOR MOVEMENT. WE SEE, THOUGH, THAT IN RESPONSE COMMUNISTS INSPIRED BY MARX EVENTUALLY TOOK OVER THE SOVIET UNION WHICH WAS JUST BEGINNING ITS INDUSTRIALIZATION AND WAS MAKING GREAT ADVANCEMENTS IN INDUSTRIALIZATION, WHERE A VERY SMALL GROUP TOOK OVER. AND MAY 1ST CONTINUED TO BE THE DAY FOR THE WORKERS BUT INCREASINGLY, THOSE WHO REMEMBER THE CELEBRATIONS OF MAY DAY, BACK IN THE 1950’S AND EARLIER, THESE WERE CELEBRATIONS OF MILITARY MIGHT. VARIOUS WEAPONS WERE PUT ON DISPLAY. THIS BECAME A KEY POINT, AN IMAGE FOR THE PROMOTION OF COMMUNISM AND ATHEISM. AND THIS DOMINATED OUR IMAGERY IN MANY WAYS DURING THE SO-CALLED COLD WAR AFTER THE DEFEAT OF NATIONAL SOCIALISM AND GERMANY. AND THIS IS WHAT POPE PIUS XII WAS REACTING TO. HE WANTED TO HAVE A CATHOLIC RESPONSE. BECAUSE NOT ONLY HE — HE WAS PART OF A LONG TRADITION OF THE CHURCH HAVING THIS CONCERN FOR THE DIGNITY OF LABOR AND OF EVERY KIND OF WORK. WE HAVE PATRON SAINTS FOR FARMERS, ISADORE, AND FOR LAWYERS, ST. THOMAS MORE, FOR DOCTORS, SAINT LUKE — AND MANY OTHERS. ACCOUNTANTS WITH ST. MATTHEW. ALL OF THESE DIFFERENT POSITIONS. AND SAINT JOSEPH IS A WONDERFUL PATRON FOR THE LABORING PEOPLE. BECAUSE NOT ONLY WAS SAINT JOSEPH A CARPENTER, A MAN WHO WORKED WITH WOOD AND STONE IN A SMALL VILLAGE, PROBABLY WORKING TO HELP REBUILD A TOWN NEARBY BY-DESTROYED IN A REVOLT RIGHT AROUND THE YEAR 6 B.C. AS WE SEE IN THE GOSPEL OF LUKE, SAINT JOSEPH WAS FROM BETHLEHEM. WHY WAS HE UP IN NAZARETH? WELL THIS IS WHERE WORKERS CAME TO HELP REBUILD THIS ROMAN CAPITAL OF — REGIONAL CAPITAL OF GALILEE THAT HAD BEEN DESTROYED IN A REVOLTED. AND HE WOULD BE WORKING TO HELP CUT THE STONE AND THE WOOD TO DO THESE NEW BUILDINGS IN THE ROMAN TOWN THAT HAD BEEN BURNED DOWN. AND HE’S CHARACTERIZED NOT ONLY AS SOMEONE WHO GAVE HIMSELF TO LABOR AND DEVELOPED THAT SKILL BUT HE ALSO TAUGHT THAT SKILL TO OUR LORD, JESUS. AND WHEN GOD BECOMES FLESH HE DOES SO IN A FAMILY — A FAMILY THAT IS CHARACTERIZED NOT BY THE PALACES. THE PEOPLE IN THE PALACES LIKE HEROD AND PILATE, THEY TRIED TO KILL HIM. HE IDENTIFIES WITH THE WORKERS IN HIS FAMILY AND AMONG HIS DISCIPLES, SOME WHO BECAME THE PATRON SAINT OF OTHER LABORERS, LIKE ST. PETER, THE PATRON SAINT OF FISHERMEN. AND THAT THIS IDENTIFICATION WITH THOSE WHO LABOR IS A VERY IMPORTANT PART OF CHRIST’S INCARNATION. SO MUCH IMPORTANT THAT THEY STILL IDENTIFY HIM IN NAZARETH WHERE HE GREW UP AS THE SON OF THE CARPENTER: AND, OF COURSE, HE WAS ONE, TOO. IDENTIFYING YOURSELF BY YOUR FATHER’S JOB BECAUSE IT BECAME YOUR JOB WAS NORMAL IN HISTORY. DO WE NOT STILL HAVE MANY PEOPLE WHOSE ENGLISH NAMES ARE NAMES LIKE CARPENTER AND MILLER AND ALSO MUELLER IN GERMAN? BECAUSE THAT’S WHAT THEY DID. SAWYERS — THOSE ARE PEOPLE WHO SAWED WOOD. FLETCHERS WERE PEOPLE WHO MADE ARROWS. I MEAN ALL KINDS OF DIFFERENT JOBS. SMITH, ONE OF THE MOST COMMON NAMES IN ENGLISH IS BECAUSE THEY WERE SMITHS, AND SMIT IN GERMAN. AND MANY OTHER LANGUAGES YOU CAN GO BACK AND TRANSLATE YOUR NAME AND FIND OUT YOUR ANCESTORS WERE LABORERS AND THAT WAS PRESERVED IN THE NAME JUST AS MUCH AS CHRIST WAS IDENTIFIED AS THE SON OF THE CARPENTER. HIS TASK AND THE TASK OF HIS FOSTER FATHER WAS HOW PEOPLE SAW HIM, AND THEY YOU USED IT TO DISMISS HIM. HOW DID THEY GET THIS WISDOM? IT DOESN’T COUNT. HE’S A LABORER. AND THIS GOES TO THE CORE OF OUR CELEBRATING OF SAINT JOSEPH THE WORKER. WE DON’T USE THE BACKGROUND IN LABOR AS A BASIS FOR DISMISSING PEOPLE. OH, JUST A LABORER. WELL, ONCE WE GET INTO THAT WE ARE ACTING LIKE SOME OF THE ANCIENT GREEK AND ROMAN ELITES. THEY WANTED NOTHING TO DO WITH LABOR. THAT WAS A TERRIBLE INSULT TO ANYBODY OF PATRICIAN BACKGROUND TO SAY THEY WERE LABOR. TO SAY THIS IS BENEATH ME. AND THAT MENTALITY OF TREATING LABORS AS BEING BENEATH US IS AN INHERITANCE OF A PAGAN MENTALITY. THERE IS A DIGNITY THAT BELONGS TO LABOR ON LOTS OF DIFFERENT LEVELS. LEARNING TO RESPECT THE GREAT SKILLS AND EFFORTS OF THOSE WHO ARE ABLE TO DO MANY THINGS THAT MANY OF US DON’T KNOW HOW TO DO. NOT EVERYONE KNOWS HOW TO DOORING. THAT’S JUST PART OF THE BEING HUMAN. AND TO HAVE GREAT RESPECT FOR THAT LABOR IS A STARTING POINT. AND FOR US AS CHRISTIANS THIS IS ELEVATED BY THE FACT THAT THE SAVIOR, GOD MADE FLESH — IN THE WOMB OF A VIRGIN FROM A SMALL TOWN WHO IS ENGAGED TO A LABORER, THAT SHE WILLING TO IDENTIFY WITH LABORERS AND CALL LABORERS AS HIS FOLLOWERS. THAT IS AN IMPORTANT FACT OF OUR FAITH AND OUR MENTALITY TOWARD LABOR. AND EVEN SAINT ST. PAUL, WHO WAS A GREAT SCHOLAR, STILL SUPPORTED HIMSELF BY THE ROLE OF HIS FATHER AND GRANDFATHER, NAMELY BY MAKING TENTS. IN FACT THERE’S A MENTION, I BELIEVE, IN SOME OF THE WRITINGS OF THE ROMAN GENERAL POMPEII THAT HE HAD A GREAT DIFFICULTY WHEN HE WAS CONQUERING ASIA MINOR. BUT JEWISH TENT MAKERS IN TARSUS MADE TENTS FOR HIS ARMY SO QUICKLY AND SO WELL THAT HE REWARDED THEM WITH CITIZENSHIP IN THE MID 60S B.C. PROBABLY PAUL’S GRANDFATHER. AS YOU KNOW, PAUL WAS A CITIZEN, PERHAPS BECAUSE OF HIS GRANDFATHER AND FATHER’S ABILITY TO LABOR WELL AND HARD. AND HE DIDN’T DISDAIN THAT LABOR BUT SAID LOOK I SUPPORT MYSELF, I DON’T NEED MONEY, I DON’T LOVE YOU CONGREGATIONS BECAUSE YOU GIVE ME MONEY. I SUPPORT MYSELF. AND I DID THAT ESPECIALLY WITH THE CORINTHIANS. NOT BECAUSE I COULDN’T EXPECT YOU TO GIVE ME SUPPORT, BUT I WANT TO SHOW YOU, BY MY LABOR, I TAKE CARE OF MYSELF, AND I’M NOT HERE TO EVANGELIZE IN ORDER TO GET SOMETHING FROM YOU, BUT TO GIVE OF MYSELF. SO HIS LABOR WAS AN IMPORTANT PART EVEN OF HIS MISSION. AND BESIDE SEEING THE DIGNITY OF WORK, THERE ARE OTHER ASPECTS OF OUR LABOR, BY WHICH WE ALL NEED TO SEE, A, THERE IS DRUDGERY INVOLVED IN PRACTICALLY ANY JOB THAT EXISTS. IF YOU ARE A MUSICIAN, YOU HAVE TO PRACTICE SCALES. IF YOU ARE A CARPENTER, YOU ARE IN THE HOT SUN VERY FREQUENTLY WORKING WITH GREAT DIFFICULTY. IF YOU ARE A PLUMBER YOU’RE IN ANOTHER KIND OF MESS ON A REGULAR BASIS — ALL KINDS OF LABOR HAS WITH IT THESE GREAT DRUDGERY ELEMENTS TO IT, AND SAINT PIUS X CALLED US TO PRAY TO SAINT JOSEPH THE WORKER, A GOOD NUMBER OF YEARS BEFORE PIUS XII CALLING FOR THIS FEAST DAY. HE SAID LOOK TO SAINT JOSEPH AND REALIZED EVEN WHEN WORK IS DRUDGERY, WE MAKE THAT AN OFFERING TO GOD. IT IS NOT IRRELEVANT TO OUR FAITH TO HAVE TO WORK HARD AND SWEAT FOR THE FOOD THAT WE EAT. AND IN FACT, IT IS ONE OTHER ASPECT AMONG MANY — IT’S NOT THE MOST IMPORTANT BUT IT IS ONE ASPECT OF BEING MADE IN THE IMAGE AND LIKENESS OF GOD — GOD, WHO IS DESCRIBED THROUGHOUT GENESIS 1 AND II AS LABORING TO MAKE THIS EARTH BEAUTIFUL AND TO MAKE THE COSMOS AND THEN HE RESTS. SO ALSO WE SHARE IN THAT RULE OF THE UNIVERSE. WE’RE CALLED TO SUBDUE IT. AND AT THE SAME TIME, LABOR IN IT AND AT THE SAME TIME HAVE PROPER REST, BECAUSE WE NEED REST, THE RHYTHMS OF REST AND LABOR. AND THAT’S PART OF BEING IN THE IMAGE AND LIKENESS OF GOD. BUT THEN THERE ARE ALSO THOSE VARIOUS OPPORTUNITIES THAT WE HAVE AS LABORERS. I BELONGED TO A COUPLE OF UNIONS AND FACTORIES AND SUCH BACK HOME AND I WORKED IN GARAGES WITH MY DAD. AND WHAT IS COOL ABOUT THAT IS YOU GET IN TWO PLACES THAT NORMALLY I IN MY PRIESTLY MINISTRY CANNOT GET TO. I DON’T HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO EVANGELIZE. BUT EVERYBODY WHO IS OUT THERE DOING THEIR JOB, PEOPLE WHO ARE DOING THEIR LABOR, YOU, AS CHRISTIANS, WHO LOVE CHRIST CAN ALSO KEEP YOUR EARS AND EYES ALERT TO THE OPPORTUNITIES TO PROCLAIM THE GOSPEL IN THOSE PLACES TO SO MANY PEOPLE WHO, LIKE THE ANARCHISTS THAT RIOTED BACK IN 1876 AND LIKE THE COMMUNIST WHOSE SAW THAT ONLY ATHEISM WAS THE WAY TO HELP THE LABORS. WE CAN SHOW THAT, NO, CHRIST ENTERED INTO LABOR, CHRIST ADDRESSES LABORS, AND FROM OUR OWN PERSPECTIVE OF PRAYING AND OFFERING UP OUR LABOR FOR OUR FELLOW WORKERS AND LOOKING FOR OPPORTUNITIES TO PROCLAIM THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST TO THOSE WHO OTHERWISE MIGHT BE TEMPTED DESPAIR AND SEE MEANINGLESS IN THEIR LABOR, WE CAN CALL THEM TO SOMETHING MORE. AND THEN FINALLY, UNLIKE THOSE ANARCHISTS THAT RIOTED AND LATER ON THE MARXISTS AND THE ATHEISTS WHO BECAME THE COMMUNIST PARTY OR THE NATIONAL SOCIALISTS, THE NAZIS, UNLIKE THEM WHO SAW THE DESTRUCTION OF HUMAN LIFE AS NECESSARY TO BRING ABOUT THEIR REVOLUTION. THAT WAS ONE OF THE GREAT TRAGEDIES SO THAT THOSE WHO ARE TRYING TO PROMOTE THE RIGHTS OF WORKERS AS COMMUNISTS AND DID SO BY GETTING RID OF GOD, WE DON’T WANT TO GO TO HEAVEN. WE DON’T — RELIGION IS OPIATES FOR THE PEOPLE. WE DON’T WANT ANY OF THAT AND MANY OF THEM BECAME ATHEISTS AND THEY ENDED UP BECOMING THE GREATEST KILLERS IN THE HISTORY OF THE HUMAN RACE. MOSTLY THOSE FOLKS WHO KILLED HUNK OF MILLIONS OF PEOPLE IN THE 20TH CENTURY, UP TO 305 MILLION, BECAUSE IT WAS MORE IMPORTANT FOR THEIR IDEA TO TAKE OVER THE WORLD THAN IT WAS FOR THE INDIVIDUAL DIGNITY OF WORKERS, INDIVIDUALS MEANT NOTHING TO THEM. AND PRINCIPLES OF JUSTICE WERE SO ABSTRACT THAT YOU COULD ABSTRACT THE DIGNITY OF REAL PEOPLE AND KILL THEM IN THE NAME OF HELPING THE WORKERS. INCLUDING MILLIONS OF WORKERS AND OF COURSE TENS OF MILLIONS OF CHRISTIAN MARTYRS. 40 MILLION IN THE LAST CENTURY ALONE. WE ON THE OTHER HAND SEE THAT OUR TASK OF BRINGING JUSTICE AS THE POPE’S BEEN WRITING AND MANY CATHOLIC PRIESTS AND CATHOLIC LAYPEOPLE HAVE BEEN WORKING TO DO. THIS IS ALSO SOMETHING WE DO WITH RECOGNITION OF THE DIGNITY OF THE INDIVIDUALS AND WE DO SO ON THE PRINCIPLES OF CHRIST. AND IN FACT, POPE LEO XIII ENCYCLICAL ON THE RIGHTS OF LABORERS AS WELL AS ON THE EMPLOYERS HAD MORE IMPACT IN SWAYING CATHOLICS TOWARDS LABOR UNIONS THAT AVOID MARXISM AND AVOIDED A MARXIST TAKE OVER OF MANY COUNTRIES AND THE WRITINGS OF OTHER POPES ON THESE ISSUES, BENEDICT XV, PIUS XI AND PIUS XII, THEY HAD GREAT IMPACT. AND THEN FINALLY THIS FEAST OF CELEBRATING SAINT JOSEPH THE WORKER, TO GIVE THAT SENSE OF OUR IDEAS, OUR PIETY, OUR LOVE OF CHRIST AND SAINT JOSEPH, A FOCUS IN TRULY CHANGING THE WORLD AND AT THE SAME MOMENT NEVER NEGLECT THE SALVATION OF OUR SOULS AND THE SOULS OF THE PEOPLE AROUND US.

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