The Fruit of our
Lenten Sacrifice 

Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers

Catholic social teaching inspires and guides how we are to live and work in the world. In this principle, Dignity of Work and Rights of Workers, we remember that, Jesus spent years working as a carpenter. Work is important to help people fulfill their potential. And everyone must receive a fair wage to provide for themselves and their families.

Lilian working with her child on her back

We all have dreams.

Over the past few weeks, we traveled to Guatemala, Bangladesh and Rwanda, where families are doing some pretty amazing things. Let’s review what we learned:

We all have dreams. What we do to achieve those dreams makes a difference in our lives and the lives of those we love. Raúl and Lilian achieved their dream of starting a business. Now they hope to grow that business so others can benefit. Noornobi wanted to help his family succeed. Now his niece and nephew can attend school and work towards their dreams. Gloriose and her husband wanted their children to attend a good school. Now they earn enough money to make that happen.

Gloriose feeding her son

Many children around the world are malnourished, so their parents and communities are going the extra mile to make sure they get better. Raúl and Lilian sell their produce to schools so children in their village have fresh fruits and vegetables. Noornobi’s family didn’t always have enough to eat. Now he makes enough money, so his family can eat every day. Gloriose learned how to prepare balanced meals for her children so they can grow and be strong.

Noornobi carrying a pumpkin over his head

Sometimes it takes hard work and a desire to learn new things to succeed. Even though Raúl and Lilian lost many crops at first, they kept trying. Noornobi’s land flooded often before he learned how to keep the floods away. Gloriose learned how to save money and apply for a loan to grow her business and support her family.

Although we are in the final days of Lent, there’s still plenty of time to continue the three pillars of prayer, fasting and almsgiving to grow with God and our sisters and brothers around the world. Just like how you have to practice reading or math or playing your favorite sport or instrument, we have to practice these pillars regularly—even when it’s not Lent.

REFLECT

As part of God’s family, we are all sisters and brothers, no matter where we live.

How can we show love and care for our sisters and brothers around the world?

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