The Church teaches that work is not a punishment for sin, but a way to participate in God's on-going work of creation and a means to express ourselves and grow as persons. When it is not exploitative, it is fundamentally, unequivocally good.
However because it is good, self actualising even, it needs to be shared. And humanity has always struggled to share. And even when we want to, we struggle to engage people so we can share.
How many overworked priests are at their wits end about how to get people to take up roles in their parish? How many workers are praised for over working, quietly crowding out the need for new staff members with their unpaid overtime as they themselves burn out?
Joseph Cardijn was right. Work is important but without constant reflection and innovation, the methodology of 'see, judge and act,' work itself can become stale, ineffectual and exclusive.
- Evan Ellis