Labor Day Meditation
"The Christian finds in human work a small part of the cross
of Christ and accepts it in the same spirit of redemption in
which Christ accepted his cross for us. In work, thanks to the
light that penetrates us from the Resurrection of Christ, we
always find a glimmer of new life, of the new good, as if it were
an announcement of 'the new heavens and the new earth' in
which man and the world participate precisely through the
toil that goes with work."
Saint John Paul II, Laborem Exercens #27
Prayer for Safety in Hurricane Season
O God, Master of this passing world, hear the humble voices of your children.The Sea of Galilee obeyed Your order and returned to its former quietude. You are still the Master of land and sea. We live in the shadow of a danger over which we have no control:the Gulf, like a provoked and angry giant, can awake from its seeming
lethargy, overstep its conventional boundaries,invade our land, and spread chaos and disaster.
During this hurricane season we turn to You, O loving Father. Spare us from past tragedies whose memories are still so vivid and whose wounds seem to refuse to heal with passing of time.O Virgin, Star of the Sea, Our beloved Mother, we ask you to plead with your Son in our behalf, so that spared from the calamities
common to this area and animated with a true spirit of gratitude,we will walk in the footsteps
of your Divine Son to reach the heavenly Jerusalem where a stormless eternity awaits us. Amen.
Most Rev. Maurice Schexnayder (1895-1981), Second Bishop of Lafayette