I’m studying for finals right now and have little time to muse about the beauty and dignity of work. For now, some quotes from one of my favorite saints about work. From St. Josemaria Escriva:
Don’t let your life be barren. Be useful. Make yourself felt. Shine forth with the torch of your faith and your love. With your apostolic life, wipe out the trail of filth and slime left by the corrupt sowers of hatred. And set aflame all the ways of the earth with the fire of Christ that you bear in your heart.
Good child: offer him the work of those labourers who do not know him; offer him the natural joy of those poor little ones who are brought up in pagan schools.
When you have finished your work, do your brother’s, helping him, for Christ’s sake, so tactfully and so naturally that no one — not even he — will realise that you are doing more than what in justice you ought. This, indeed, is virtue befitting a son of God!
Persevere in the exact fulfilment of the obligations of the moment. That work — humble, monotonous, small — is prayer expressed in action that prepares you to receive the grace of the other work — great and wide and deep — of which you dream.