So, now, off to the powwow again. In my prayers I am remembering all the workers who fought for workers's rights --and all those who work forty hours or more and still live in poverty --all those who suffer from wage theft --all those....
As commentator E. J. Dionne has noted, the union movement has traditionally espoused a set of values—solidarity being the most important, the sense that each should look out for the interests of all. From this followed commitments to mutual assistance, to a rough-and-ready sense of equality, to a disdain for elitism, and to a belief that democracy and individual rights did not stop at the plant gate or the office reception room. Dionne notes that these values are "increasingly foreign to American culture".
And, I pray for the oppressors, the rich, the cold-hearted, the 1%-ers, those who devise tax-evasion strategies.....
--because Jesus said to pray for those who wish to do us harm....
At prayer this morning (Canticle: First Song of Isaiah, Isaiah 12:2-6)
Surely, it is God who saves me; *
I will trust in him and not be afraid.
For the Lord is my stronghold and my sure defense, *
and he will be my Savior.
Therefore you shall draw water with rejoicing *
from the springs of salvation.
And on that day you shall say, *
Give thanks to the Lord and call upon his Name;
Make his deeds known among the peoples; *
see that they remember that his Name is exalted.
Sing the praises of the Lord, for he has done great things, *
and this is known in all the world.
Cry aloud, inhabitants of Zion, ring out your joy, *
for the great one in the midst of you is the Holy One of Israel.
Off I go.