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1 Becoming the Light: Sanctifying our Work March 21, 2015 John Daly

2 Sanctity & Work? Mutually exclusive? Is it even possible to connect these words? Sanctify or Sanctity: Holy Dedicated to God Do things well/ do our best Called to Sanctity: “We must love God with our whole heart, mind and soul and love our neighbors as ourselves.” (Matt 22:37; Mark 12:30; Mass March 13 th Gospel reading)

3 At Work? Yes, at Work Called to holiness Vatican II, many saints, Thessalonians Christ: “Be perfect as my heavenly father is perfect.” (Matt 5:48; Mass March 2 nd Gospel reading)

4 We are Called In the most ordinary parts of our life, of our work, our job Christ’s first 30 years, his Hidden Life---Teaches us that ordinary work is important AND a means to sanctity, to holiness, to BE THE LIGHT “Is not this the carpenter’s son.” (Matt 13:55; Mark 6:1-6, Feb 4 th mass); “He has done all things well.” (Mark 7:37, Feb 13 mass) Christ does not call us for 2/3 of our life. He wants it all. Called to be PERFECT

5 AIM HIGH…………………………….ALL IN

6 Must Sanctify Work or We will Never Find Him Christ’s statement to us with his silent years is that ORDINARY WORK is important and is our means and way to sanctity Cannot live a double life We are called right now To sanctify ourselves and others thru our work

7 What does it mean to sanctify our work and sanctify ourselves and others thru our work? I.Work for Love of God II.Work for Love of Others III.Work well, because we are offering our work to God IV.Work in the presence of God & convert our work to prayer

8 If we truly are called right now where we are, how do we answer the call, how do we stay on track, how do we handle our falls, what is the recipe to becoming the light, becoming saints? PLAN OF LIFE

9 What if today is the last page? What if God were to tell you right now that you have one more hour to live, what would you do? Could you honestly say, I will continue doing what I am doing?

10 What does it mean to sanctify our work and sanctify ourselves and others thru our work? I.Work for Love of God II.Work for Love of Others III.Work well, because we are offering our work to God IV.Work in the presence of God & convert our work to prayer

11 I.Work for Love of God Christ: “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” (John 14:15, Mass May 25, 2014) Commandments are more than the 10 commandments They are God’s entire plan for us. We are CALLED to cooperate in His work of creation, perfecting the world through our work Really? Yes, Really. Work is part of God’s plan for us We see it in Genesis (2:5), Thessalonians (2Thess3:6-18) AND Christ’s life is our model---his HIDDEN LIFE – first 30 years, “The carpenter’s son” Because work is part of God’s plan for us (one of His commandments), we can fulfill His will and love Him by and through our work.

12 I.Work for Love of God (cont’d) So, we can’t just objectively do our work. If it is an expression of love of God, we must work b/c it is God’s will for us This involves reflecting on God’s love for us, His plan for us and offering our work We must ask God to make the motive of our work what God want us to do. That is, we add a supernatural motive to our work

13 II.Work for Love of Others Spirit of service Do I make life better and more pleasant for others? Not what can I get out of this Do I see in those I work with or for, not just clients, co-workers, bosses, but persons whom I can serve, whose lives I can make a little better? Especially important with family Must overcome fatigue It is thru generosity and self-forgetfulness that we will sanctify our work and sanctify ourselves in our work Develop habits/perseverance/higher calling A good resolution:

14 III.Work well, because we are offering our work to God Can’t offer work that is not well done Work well done is the means of entering into a personal encounter with Jesus, as well as being a way of enabling all the realities of this world to be shaped by the spirit of the Gospel Pope John Paul II: Man achieves fulfillment and becomes “more a human being” through work To know Christ in our work, we must do all aspects well. Takes practice; that is, we must develop virtues: spirit of service, love of others, diligence, fortitude, spirit of sacrifice, order, constancy, punctuality, professional prestige, competence, perseverance On the other hand, lack of interest, incompetence, frequent absenteeism are incompatible with a really Christian way of life

15 III.Work well, because we are offering our work to God (cont’d) Great enemy of work well done is LAZINESS. Lack of constancy or perseverance results in never finishing or never finishing well Obstacles to doing work well: Fatigue Jealousy/envy Lack of true humility Email, too many breaks Many opportunities at work to do it well Key virtues: ORDER, Spirit of Service [ADD MORE AS APPLIES TO YOU] Remember to give work the importance it deserves and no more (BALANCE)

16 IV.Work in the presence of God & convert our work to prayer Prayer is not saying certain formulas. In the words of CC and quoting the saints, “It is raising our minds and hearts to God.” Work offered to God is one way of raising our mind and heart to him. Key: Develop habits of using the events of each day to be more aware of God’s presence – to find Him as he passes by What are your habits?

17 What are your habits that remind you each day of God’s presence? …..to enter into a prayerful dialogue with Him, reflect on his love for us …..Raising our hearts and minds … Offer up work as we enter or leave office Offer up work when we begin a task Beginning the least pleasant but most urgent task first Pray for person on other end of phone Pray to GA of people you are presenting to Offer blocks of time Aspirations when something bothers us A smile for a co-worker

18 Plan of life – improving your personal relationship with God & sanctifying your work This is your plan to maintain presence of God and a conversation with God throughout the day Turn work into prayer A personal thing, not rigid. It is flexible BUT YOU MUST COMMIT Act of Love: Designed so you refer everything to God It’s not about how many, things you can do generously each day And remember: God will make the time Important: It should help you improve your virtues and fight your defects

19 Plan of Life - What it should contain? Heroic moment Morning prayer (make space for Him) Mass Angelus Rosary Visit Blessed Sacrament Read the New Testament Evening prayer Examination of Conscience Regular Confession Aspirations Spiritual Communions Acts of thanksgiving Offer up work as we enter or leave office Offer up work when we begin a task Beginning the least pleasant but most urgent task first Pray for person on other end of phone Pray to GA of people you are presenting to Offer blocks of time Aspirations when something bothers us A smile for a co-worker

20 Apostolate

21 Sources/Bibliography Francis Fernandez, In Conversation with God, 1988, New York, Scepter, Vol. 2, Chpts. 22, 29 and 35 Jose Maria Escriva, Friends of God, 1977,Singapore, Scepter, see # 149 re plan of life Pope Paul VI. "Dogmatic Constitution on the Church - Lumen Gentium." Vatican: the Holy See. Rome, 21 Nov. 1965; Chapt. V Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2nd ed., 2559 John, Paul. Encyclical Laborem Exercens: Addressed by the Supreme Pontiff John Paul II to His Venerable Brothers in the Episcopate, to the Priests, to the Religious Families, to the Sons and Daughters of the Church, and to All Men and Women of Good Will on Human Work on the Ninetieth Anniversary of Rerum Novarum. Ottawa: Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, 1981. Print. Jose Luis Illanes, The Sanctification of Work, 2003, New York, Scepter


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