UK Catholic publication on the spirituality of work
This week, the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales has published 'A Spirituality of Work', which brings together prayers and Church teachings on work.
In his foreword, Bishop John Jukes OFMConv, chairman of the Committee for the World of Work, offers the booklet 'as a contribution to the awakening of the Catholic Church to the blessing given the human race by God by the gift of work.
He said: "[It] will serve to remind those who use this booklet in a spirit of discovery and reflection that work is part of the mystery of God's loving will for the human race."
The book makes particular reference to the examples of Catholic workers such as Dorothy Day (founder of the Catholic Worker Movement in the US) and Lech Walesa (founder of the Polish Solidarity Movement).
It says: "The workplace gives Christians the opportunity to spread the Church's social doctrine through the service of justice and the common good, the cultivation of the virtues, a life of active charity, and a commitment to ordering all material goods and human activities to the glory of God and the common good".
There is also a chapter devoted to prayers and meditations for individuals and for use in groups and church services.