Monday of the Twenty-third Week in Ordinary Time (Labor Day)

Laborers laboring on Labor Day (Not Pictured is my Lovely Wife Kimberly, RN)

The capitalism of our time does not understand the value of the trade union because it has forgotten the social nature of the economy. This is one of the greatest sins.

Pope Francis as cited in the article “Francis Revives the Workers’ Church” by John Gehring

It is in this context that the holy father’s earlier criticism of “trickle-down economics” can be properly understood. One does not have to subscribe uncritically to the notion that “a rising tide lifts all boats” to acknowledge that all people, including the poor, benefit from a general increase in the overall wealth of society.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, The Pope’s Case for Virtuous Capitalism

What Francis says about economic justice may be hard for some of us to hear. So we need to read the Holy Father’s writings for ourselves, without the filter of the mass media. Then we need to open our hearts to what God is telling us through his words.

Archbishop Charles Chaput as cited in the article “Francis Revives the Workers’ Church” by John Gehring

i boast of the benefits of capitalism, however, will not my capitalistic laboring in ignorance of Catholic social teaching lead to socialism?

Socialism is the religion people get when they lose their religion.

Richard John Neuhaus

Today’s Scriptures

Your boasting is not appropriate. Do you not know that a little yeast* leavens all the dough?

1 COR 5:6

R. Lead me in your justice, Lord.

You destroy all who speak falsehood;

The bloodthirsty and the deceitful

the LORD abhors.

PS 5:7

“I ask you, is it lawful to do good on the sabbath

rather than to do evil,

to save life rather than to destroy it?”

LK 6:9

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