Adam in the garden to the foreman at the factory Ė
Francis, in his Testament, declared:
I worked with my hands.
in her Rule directed her Sisters to
devotedly after the hour of Terce. Both recognized that in taking up the daily cross of WORK,
could enter deliberately into the divine plan by their actions, their
prayers and their sufferings.
They could then
become fully Godís fellow workers and co-workers for His Kingdom.
Working in this spirit, the Seraphic parents taught their followers to
glory in their humble but so efficacious imitation of the Son of God who
greater part of His (earthly) life shared the condition of the vast
majority of human beings: a daily life spent without evident greatness,
a life of manual labor. (#531)
Thus, sweeping and sewing, cleaning and cooking, work in the field or in
the factory, at a desk or on the road become opportunities to enter into
fellowship with Jesus by the most ordinary events of daily life. (#533)
the wages of this Spirit-filled labor are fulfillment and peace.