WITH this feast of St. Joseph the worker on May 1, we are
reminded of the great value that our work represents in our life and
in our need for salvation. We have to revisit the basic character of
our work that we often take for granted as we allow it to be overtaken
by other considerations that, while important, only hold secondary
The first thing to remember is that our work, whatever it
is, as long as it is honest, is an integral part of our nature. It is
not a mere obligation or an unavoidable necessity. It somehow defines
And more than that, it is what enables us to correspond
and cooperate with the God’s continuing providence over all of us. In
a sense, our work is sacred, since it cannot help but be a
participation in God’s continuing sacred work over all his creation.
For us to see the sacredness of our work, we need to be
driven first of all and always by faith and an abiding piety. There is
a great need to bring our faith and piety down to the middle of the
world. There is a great need to develop and live an authentic
Christian spirituality of secularity and not confine them in churches
or some sacred places alone.
We should therefore love our work, doing it as best as we
can. And this can mean that we carry it out very conscientiously,
“squeezing” each hour for all it is worth. And we should work in such
a way that we would always be short of time for finishing what we
would like to do?
It can also mean that we look very carefully after the
details in finishing well our daily work. We should lovingly exert the
necessary effort for it and embrace the sacrifices involved—that is,
the setbacks, the difficulties, the tiredness and fatigue.
These are normal occurrences in our daily work that we
should not anymore be surprised about. We just have to be prepared for
them, since they are occasions to grow in our love for God and others.
In short, in our holiness.
One big challenge we now face with respect to our work is
the issue of how the new technologies should be used. These things
definitely offer us a lot of good, but they too can occasion a lot of
disorder in us, since they can be a big, almost irresistible
temptation to be simply on our own, that is, separated from God and
Our new technologies should, in fact, nourish our piety
and our relation with others. That´s why, the tremendous practical
advantages offered to us now by our growing technology should always
be related to God. We just cannot get stuck at the level of
fascination because of the novelty it offers, the convenience and
practicality it gives.
At the very least, we can thank God for them. These new
things should bring us closer to God and to one another, instead of
distancing us from Him and putting us in self-absorption.
From here, let´s try to discern what God´s purpose is for
these new powerful things. They are supposed to boost our love for God
and for others.