Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Amoris Laetitia - Par. 24

24.  Labour also makes possible the development of  society and provides for the sustenance, stability and fruitfulness of one’s family: “May you see the prosperity of Jerusalem all the days of  your life! May you see your children’s children!” (Ps 128:5-6).  The Book of Proverbs also presents the labour of mothers within the family; their daily work is described in detail as winning the praise of  their husbands and children (cf. 31:10-31). The Apostle Paul was proud not to live as a burden to others, since he worked with his own hands and assured his own livelihood (cf. Acts 18:3; 1 Cor 4:12; 9:12). Paul was so convinced of  the necessity of  work that he laid down a strict rule for his communities: “If anyone will not work, let him not eat” (2 Th 3:10; cf. 1 Th 4:11).