Pope Francis, speaking to General Audience in the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall, said that work is sacred and that it gives dignity to the people. He was delivering his speech on his catecheses on family life.
The Holy Father said that work is critical in giving dignity to human beings and in supporting the family. Without work, the morale of persons and often the lives of children suffer, he added. He emphasized that a good work ethic and willingness to work is learned often within the family from the parents’ example. As an example, he put Jesus who learned to be a carpenter from Joseph.
The pope also added that to cause a loss of jobs means to create serious social damage. “When work is detached from the alliance between God and man and woman and is separated from their spiritual qualities, there is a ‘degradation of the soul’ that contaminates everything, even the air, water, grass, and food” he commented.
The Pontiff severely criticized the ‘modern organization’ of work, which sometimes considers the family as a burden, a weight, a liability for labor productivity. “When we engage in work, we share in Creation by caring for the Earth and cultivating it.” Yet, when work is reduced to profits and productivity, he warned, this hurts humanity, especially the most poor and families” he said..