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The Value of Work
Diane M. Houdek
Source: Bringing Home the Word
Published: Sunday, September 1, 2013

A recent biography of St. Francis by Augustine Thompson points out the commitment of Francis and his brothers to daily work and especially to manual labor. Although we think of the friars as begging door to door, they were more likely to be living as day laborers.

Francis began his new life by rebuilding churches stone by stone. He and his early followers offered to work in the fields around Assisi in return for food and a place to sleep. With Jesus, he believed that “a laborer is worthy of his hire” (Luke 10:7).

Our world is far different than that of a medieval walled city, but the basic principles remain the same. Even in the high-tech twenty-first century, a certain amount of manual labor is required. If we’re not doing it ourselves, we need to ensure that those who are doing it for us are paid a worthy wage.

Another lesson we can learn from Francis—perhaps the most significant—is that work for the kingdom of God can be done in all manner of occupations. We don’t need to be in formal Church ministry to share the Gospel message.

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