Saint Peter's Square
- Wednesday, 19 August 2015 -
Pope's General Audience: Work hard! Don't be mediocre, give your best
In his weekly catechesis, Pope Francis reflected on the value of work.
Referencing today's Gospel readings, the Pope explained that having a good work ethic is a must. It's not just essential for the family, but also a key component of a positive society.
The importance of work is evident in the Gospel, explained the Pope, for even Jesus is described as the son of a carpenter and a carpenter Himself.
SUMMARY OF CATECHESIS IN ENGLISH:
We continue our Catechesis today by reflecting on work, which complements our moments of celebration and which is also a part of God’s creative design.
Through work, the family is cared for and children are provided with a dignified life. So too the common good is served, as witnessed by the example of so many fathers and mothers who teach their children the value of work for family life and society.
The Scriptures speak of this in the Holy Family, describing Jesus as the son of a carpenter and a carpenter himself. As Christians we know that work and the spiritual life are not opposed, but in harmony, as work expresses the dignity of the person, created in God’s image.
When we engage in work, we share in creation by caring for the earth and cultivating it. If, however, we reduce work to profit and disregard its effects on humanity and the world, the environment and our lives suffer. This especially hurts the poor and families.
God has given Christian families the challenge and mission to make present the foundations of his creation: a true understanding of the identity of man and woman and the bond they share, their call to bring children into the world, and the gift of work in making the world ever more fruitful and hospitable. May God help us to embrace this call in joy and hope, especially amidst the many challenges we face today.
Speaker: I offer an affectionate greeting to all the English-speaking pilgrims and visitors present at today’s Audience, including those from Japan. May Jesus Christ strengthen you and your families in faith, so that you may be a sign to the world of his love and mercy. May God bless you all!
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