During my first three years in the seminary, I worked for a pastor who was fond of saying, “Manual labor is good for the soul.” While I didn’t initially appreciate the wisdom of his maxim—especially while polishing brass, waxing floors, and pulling weeds—I gradually came to appreciate the perfective power of human labor. Men and women were not created to be idle, but to work with creation on its journey to completeness.
—From Fr. Gary Caster, author of
Joseph, the Man Who Raised Jesus