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John Paul, Laborer

Every time I see this picture, of Karol Wojtyla, I’m struck by the family resemblance. My father looked like that. And his father before him — a man who worked in the coal mines of Pennsylvania along with countless other Slovak immigrants, and who named his daughter Anne, after the patroness of coal miners and the grandmother of Christ.

I posted something on John Paul’s writings about work last year.

Happy Labor Day, Laborers.

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posted September 7, 2009 at 11:52 am

Here is areal man, a priest with real world experience not just the halls of academia. A man who worked, who saw death close in the face, who saw a horrific war and very tough times under Nazis and communists. And yet he managed to be first rate philosopher and theologian and a down to earth pastor to his flock. Here is a worker and a scholar, a man and a priest. That we had more like him!Happy Labor Day.

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