Labor Day really initiates the month of September, regardless of the actual date on which it falls. It comes after three months of summer, which for so many is an opportunity to get away or take a break from the routine of life – whatever that may be, since each person’s routine is so different from another.

Labor Day signals a return to the “normal” pattern of our lives, or at least nine months worth of normal. The great St. Benedict used as the motto for his order, “Ora et Labora,” i.e. “prayer and work.” Those words should not just apply to the religious men and women of the Benedictine order, but to all of us Christian stewards, as well.

We are called to be a people of “work,” as well, and not just the work that is our job or career. We should also look for opportunities to “work” for the Lord in proclaiming the Good News to others at home, school, the workplace, the grocery store, or wherever we find ourselves. Our “work” could be just spending time serving others through some sort of outreach, or sharing our time and talent with those in need.

As we celebrate Labor Day on Sept. 2, do not just think of the secular aspect of that day, but understand that every day is to be a “Labor Day,” for all of us who are signed and sealed as disciples of the Lord. Look to see how our efforts can give glory to God and be of service to our sisters and brothers.

Four ways to make prayer part of your daily routine:

  • Take a few minutes, morning and evening, to give thanks to God for a restful night’s sleep. Seek his blessings throughout the day and thank God in the evening for all that’s taken place that day. Make an examination of conscience and look for areas where you can improve.
  • Pray at meals, or while driving in the car, waiting for an appointment
  • Try praying the rosary as a family, or practice another type of devotion.
  • Spend time in Adoration

The above reflection was excerpted from “Make Every Day a ‘Labor Day’ for God,” by Father Tom Cloherty

Resources

From the USCCB:
Labor Day 2019 statement
Pastoral aid for the Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time (Sept. 1)
Labor & Employment (foundational documents, advocacy, annual Labor Day statements)

Prayer for Labor Day (A/D of Detroit)