Catechetical Programs
Christ In Us Grades K–8
Parish, K–8
School, K–8
Bilingual, K–6
We Believe: Living Your Catholic Identity Grades K–6
Full Access
We Live Our Faith, Catholic Identity Grades 7–8
Full Access
One Faith, One Lord Grades 7–Adult
Our Catholic Faith Grades 4–6
God’s Own Making
Grades 4-8
Discovering God
Ages 3–5
Between You and Your Child
Catechetical Bilingual
Cristo en nosotros
Cursos 1–6
Creemos Identidad católica
Cursos K–6
Vivimos nuestra fe
Cursos 7–8
Nuestra fe católica
Cursos 4–6
Una sola fe, un solo Señor
Cursos 7–Adulto
Entre usted y sus hijos
Cursos K–8
Sacraments Programs
Believe • Celebrate • Live | Bilingual Edition Ages 7–15
Reconciliation Primary
Eucharist Primary
Reconciliation & Eucharist Intermediate
Confirmation Restored Order
We Believe and Celebrate
Spanish Edition
Prayer Books
My Reconciliation and Prayer Book, Ages 7–9
Mi Reconciliación y libro de oración, Edades 7–9
My Mass Book, Ages 7–9
Mi libro de la Misa, Edades 7–9
We Believe and Pray, Grades 4–6
Sacraments Bilingual
Creer • Celebrar • Vivir Edades 7–15
Reconciliación Primaria
Eucaristía Primaria
Reconciliación y Eucaristía Intermedio
Confirmación Restauración del orden sacramental
Creemos y celebramos
Libros de oración
Mi Reconciliación y libro de oración, Edades 7–9
Mi libro de la Misa, Edades 7–9
Lifelong Faith
Bible Resources
The Compass Bible for Catholic Teens
YOUCAT: Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church
YOUCAT: Catecismo Joven de la Iglesia Católica
La Biblia católica para jóvenes
Adult Resources
Becoming a Parish of Mercy
United States Catholic Catechism for Adults
General Directory for Catechesis
Professional Development
Professional Development
Catechetical Learning
Theology of the Body Course
Catholic Identity Course
English | View All
Catechetical Resources
Virtual Events
Religion Blog
Catechetical Downloads
Liturgical Seasons
CHATechesis Podcast
Bilingual | ver todos
Recursos catequéticos
Eventos Virtuales
Blog de Sadlier Religion
Descargas Catequéticas
sadlierReligion Hero-1.png

August 18, 2016 WBAS Topics Holidays, WBAS Cat Prayers & Reflections, REL Seasons - Feast Days/Holidays, REL Topic- Prayer

Holy Labor Day

It’s been a few years since I wrote the “Ripples” reflection for my online column, From My Home to Yours. Nevertheless, I remember the story well. I popped into a convenience store on my way to give a talk to catechists in northern California. After a long, uncomfortable plane ride and with another two-hour drive ahead of me, I wasn’t a paragon of patience as I waited for the friendly clerk to assist the person in front of me. When she extended her graciousness to me, however, I shifted emotional gears. In doing so, I recognized the rippling effect that emanates from small acts of kindness.

As Labor Day approaches, I can still picture the environment where that episode took place. The store was cramped and shabby, and the clerk was seated in a tight little space behind a cluttered counter. As work conditions go, it was pretty dismal. Not only did she seem oblivious to this fact, but she also exemplified a Benedictine notion of work as both holy and egalitarian. In creating the “Rule” for monastic living, Benedict included work as a sacred endeavor that brings one closer to God. And, because work provided a means of service to and with one another, one job was not more important than another. Both of these notions seem sadly lacking in a culture that sets retirement – a state of “non-work” – as a lifetime goal, and measures success by one’s status and title.

A few years ago, my husband, Ron, and I were in the midst of a yearlong trip around the country. As part of our long-distance drives, I read books out loud to pass the time. One of them was Nickled and Dimed, Barbara Ehrenreich’s first-hand encounter with making ends meet through working a succession of minimum wage jobs. It changed our outlook around all of those people we encountered in gas stations, hotel rooms, and cafes. Their labors essentially made our trip possible. Perhaps such awareness was seeded in that long-ago encounter with a non-harried convenience store clerk. She turned around my notion of “labor” to something both reverent and blessed. In that spirit, I wish you a very Holy Labor Day.


Download Now

Bright Ideas

  • As the school year begins, think about ways to heighten your students’ awareness of and appreciation for the people who clean up after them. Encourage them to express their gratitude for people who labor on their behalf.

  • Reflect on your own work in light of the Benedictine Rule. How might you serve others in a way that sends ripples of kindness into the world?

  • Read about Catholic Social Teaching. Discuss with your class or family what it means to protect the rights and dignity of the worker.

  • Download my blessing Prayer for Labor Day and use it in your home, parish, or classroom.