The University of St. Thomas

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The Dignity of Work

The Dignity of Work


John Paul II Speaks to Managers and Workers 



Gary Atkinson
Robert G. Kennedy
Michael Naughton


University of America Press



Chapter I:  Addresses to Managers, Entrepreneurs, and Professionals

1.  The Entrepreneur and Manager Have a Responsibility to Promote Non-Economic Values
2.  Professionals Have Special Responsibilities to Their Society and Their Church
3.  Workers Possess Special Rights and Responsibilities in the Life of the Human Community
4.  The Mission of the Holy See Entails Special Responsibilities and Rights for Its Workers
5.  Economics Must Always Be Directed to the Good of the Person
6.  The Gospel is Fundamental to the Meaning of Work
7.  Genesis Reveals the Meaning of Work
8.  Tourism Fosters Important Social, Spiritual, and Religious Values
9.  The Responsibility of Entrepreneurs Is to Develop a Community of Work
10.  Respect for Human Dignity Should Govern All Economic Activity
11.  Direct Your Energies to the Wealth of Love, Not the Love of Wealth
12.  The Communications Media Must be Directed Towards the Common Good
13.  The Virtue of Solidarity Is Important for All Business Leaders
14.  Business and Culture Must Collaborate for the Common Good
15.  A Just Society Must Be Founded on the Truth
16.  Faith Gives a Perspective to All Human Activity
17.  Is Liberal Capitalism the Only Path in Today's Economy
18.  Business Leaders Have a Responsibility to Promote the Common Good in the Face of Social Difficulties
19.  European Business Leaders Should Employ the Spiritual and Cultural Resources of Europe for the Well-Being of All
20.  Christian Managers Have International Responsibilities to Overcome Economic Divisions
21.  Christian Business Leaders Possess a Mission to Provide Christian Witness


Chapter II: Addresses to Managers and Workers

22.  Christian Faith Ennobles Human Work
23.  Managers Have a Responsibility to Respect the Moral Dimension of Enterprise
24.  The Parable of the Talents Tells Us of the Importance of Work
25.  The Problems of Work Must Be Seen in the Context of Human Dignity and Solidarity
26.  Solidarity Is Needed to Solve the Problems of Work
27.  Solidarity Directs Work to the Common Good
28.  The "Great Prospect" of a More Human Society Presupposes the Humanization of Work
29.  Business Should recognize and Accept Its Integral Role in Society
30.  Christians Must Respond to God's Initiative and Collaborate in the Work of Redemption
31.  Work Is a Means of Sanctification
32.  The Structure and Design of Work Must Promote the Development of the Worker as a Person
33.  People Are More Important Than Economic Figures
34.  Business Needs a New Professionalism, Rich in Human and Cultural Values
35.  Work is the Apostolate of the Worker
36.  Social Developments Require a New Attention to the Culture of Work



Chapter III:  Addresses to Workers

37.  Work Is a Service and a Way of Putting Christianity into Practice
38.  Action and Contemplation Support Each Other in Our Daily Lives
39.  Human Work Unites Humanity and Participates in the Creative Activity of God
40.  Work is a Service of Love
41.  Work Derives its True Meaning from the Gospel
42.  The World of Work Should Be Molded Not Only by Justice But Also by Charity
43.  A Common Effort Is Necessary to Confront Contemporary Socio-Economic Problems
44.  True Human Progress Depends on Respect for the Dignity of All Work
45.  The Christian Worker Bears a Responsibility to the World of Work
46.  Christians Have a Responsibility to Bring Peace to the World of Work
47.  Work Is an Essential Aspect of Human Dignity
48.  Work Plays an Irreplaceable Role in the Personal Growth of the Worker
49.  Work Contributes True Nobility for the Human Person
50.  The Meaning of Work Depends on the Meaning of Leisure and Celebration of the Eucharist
51.  Collaboration with God Achieves the Priority of the Person
52.  Labor Derives Its Value from the Dignity of the Person
53.  Work is a Path for Growing in God's Image
54.  Dialogue and Cooperation Must Support Solidarity with All Workers
55.  Unemployment is an Evil That Must Be Combated through Training
56.  Faith Helps Us Penetrate the Dignity of Work
57.  Work Is Humanized by Safeguarding the Dignity and Solidarity of Workers
58.  Human Persons Have Responsibility for the Care and Wise Use of the Earth and Its Resources
59.  Family and Work are Fundamental Dimensions of Human Existence
60.  We Must Be Enlightened and Respectful Managers, of Nature and Persons
61.  Professional Life Must be Compatible with the Personal Growth of Each Person
62.  Technology Developed Without God Is Destined to Turn Against Human Persons
63.  Christians Must Integrate the Worlds of Work and Faith
64.  Christian Workers Have a Responsibility to Proclaim the Church's Social Doctrine
65.  True Human Progress Respects the Special Role of Women and Mothers
66.  The Christian Vocation is a Call to Activity in Many Areas of Social Life


Chapter IV: Addresses to General and Other Audiences

67.  The Cross is Essential in Understanding Work
68.  Work Requires Gratitude, Stewardship, and Generosity
69.  Our Work Should Express Our Faith and Gratitude
70.  Human Work is an Essential Part of God's Plan
71.  Work Should Unite and Strengthen the Family
72.  Women possess a Special Vocation to Contribute to the Progress of Society
73.  St. Joseph is a Model of Dedication to Christ in One's Work
74.  Human Work: A Sharing in Christ's Kingship
75.  Christ is the Model for the Worker
76.  The Meaning of Human Life is Given in Prayer and Work
77.  Industriousness Is a Virtue But Not an End in Itself
78.  Solidarity Is Realized in Service
79.  The Gap Between Technology and Ethics Hinders Authentic Progress
80.  Our Responsibilities and Our Solidarity Have Their Origin in God's Will
81.  Human Work Derives from and Builds on God's Creation
82.  Work Should Respect a Proper Hierarchy of Values
83.  The Example of St. Joseph Teaches that Sanctification Comes through Work
84.  Obedience to God is shown in the Family and in Work
85.  Marxism Has Failed
86.  Free Time Should Promote Authentic Humanism and Contemplation
87.  We Are Called to Share the Table of Creation