Work is a path to holiness, Pope says
April 4, 2007
Vatican, Apr. 2, 2007 (CWNews.com) - At a March 31 audience with members of an Italian craftsmen's group, Pope Benedict XVI said that human labor is "something to be sanctified and something which sanctifies."
Quoting the thought of St. Josemaria Escriva, the founder of Opus Dei, the Holy Father said, "Since Christ took it into his hands, work has become for us a redeemed and redemptive reality."
Speaking to 7,000 members of the Confartigianto federation, established by Italian craftsmen in 1946, the Pope said that work can be "a path to holiness." At the same time, he reminded his audience, the Church has always taught that "work is for man, and not man for work." The goal of labor, he said, should be "true progress of the human person and the common good."