The churches contribution to workers goes way behind the year 1891, when Pope Leo XIII released the first encyclical of the Catholic Church, Rerum Novarum, when he made us aware of the rights and dignity of labour. Rerum Novarum focused on the workers contribution to the Catholic Church.
Thus the Eucharist played a vital role in empowering the workers. The founder of a Catholic based Workers Apostolate, Christian Workers Movement, Joseph Cardinal Cardijn said, Without work, there is no host, no wine & thus work and workers contribute to make the Eucharist meaningful and becomes a sign of empowerment to all workers.
The Eucharist is a combination of human dignity & labour. It enhances workers to build a new world through their efforts and contributions. The sweat, blood, tears and toils if workers when brought to the altar of God becomes holistic and attributes in building Gods kingdom at our places of work. Thus our places of work become a place where God helps us to bring out ourselves as his apostles and challenge situations that threaten humanity.
- Cajetan Peter D'Souza
SOURCE AND FULL ARTICLE: Pakistan Christian Post