Christian Workers As the Bearer, the Herald, and the Witness of the Gospel

The task of every Christian worker, and of every workers' association, is to be the bearer, the herald, and the witness of what I have chosen to call "the Gospel of work" (John Paul lI, Laborem Exercens, 6-7, 25-26). By the light of this Gospel, the machine shop operator or the field hand, the office clerk or the trained professional, or anyone at all who pursues an occupation, discovers that "the basis for determining the value of human work is not primarily the kind of work being done but the fact that the one who is doing it is a person" (Ibid, 6). It is on this principle that the true meaning and worth of the work and the dignity of the worker are based. The work of a man-whatever work, physical or intellectual-is an act of a human person; all work has its human value and every worker has the dignity of a human person. 

SPEECH TO THE CHRISTIAN WORKERS' MOVEMENT December 19, 1982

(Pope John Paul II, “Love is the Explanation of Everything”, Rizzoli 2011, Page 047)

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