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Memorial Day 2012

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Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and fill their souls with splendor.

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O God, who willed that your Only Begotten Son, having conquered death, should pass over into the realm of heaven, grant, we pray, to your departed servants, those who served our nation in military service, that, with the mortality of this life overcome, they may gaze eternally on you, their Creator and Redeemer.

A blessed Memorial Day to all.

Last week Benedict XVI spoke to people who belong to various movements in the Church that make contributions to work, culture and education. Why is my posting this important? Because I believe what the Pope has to say is crucial in following his lead in the life I lead, and I believe it is helpful for others who desire to live similarly. I am confronted --in a good way-- with questions about the value of work, culture and education and the place of the Church in these sectors. As Father Giussani told us, the Church is not here to fix our problems but to offer us a lens by which we can judge the reality in front of us so that we can fix a problem. Pay close attention to what Benedict has to say:

''Work is not only an instrument of individual profit, but it is a moment in which to express ones' own skills with a spirit of service in a professional activity, be it factory work, agricultural, scientific or otherwise," 

"Culture, voluntary service and work constitute the indivisible trinomial of the Catholic laity's daily life, which makes belonging to Christ and the Church more real, in the private as much as in the public spheres of society." 

"The lay faithful put themselves in the game when they touch one or more of these contexts and, in the cultural service, by showing solidarity with those in need and on the job, they strive to promote human dignity."

About the author

Paul A. Zalonski is from New Haven, CT. He is a member of the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation, a Catholic ecclesial movement and an Oblate of Saint Benedict. Contact Paul at paulzalonski[at]



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