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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

The Limits of Discipline

"My son, do not disdain the discipline of the Lord or lose heart when reproved by him; for whom the Lord loves, he disciplines; he scourges every son he acknowledges. Endure your trials as 'discipline.'” Heb 12:5

Discipline is an important virtue and practice in every area of life. We need to eat properly, exercise regularly, get enough rest and work with purpose. We have also to discipline our minds and spirits. Reading, reflection and quiet are essential for anyone who wants to live a centered and open spirited life. When we are disciplined, we can reasonably expect good things to happen and that we will have a modicum on success.

Unfortunately, this is not true for too many people in the world who do not have access to nourishing food, education or quiet time. Many people I have known work two jobs and still find themselves in debt month after month. The hole that is dug around them by unjust wages or working conditions is deep and dangerous. 

That is why the church has taught so carefully about workers rights and a living wage. Pope St John Paul II even insisted that nations had to consider a living family wage and that any concept of wages that does not take the family into account is “purely pragmatic and inspired by a thoroughgoing individualism” and “is severely censured” by the Church (CA 8).

Today, pray that the discipline so necessary to a healthy life will produce for all people adequate wages and working conditions.

What is your attitude towards the working poor?

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