Menial Work

The following is an excerpt by Mike Aquilina and Fr. Kris D. Stubna

We're all asked to do work we'd rather not do -- work that's not in our job description. Ignatius saw this as a blessing, helping us to grow in virtue.

It will be very specially helpful to perform with all possible devotion the tasks in which humility and charity are practiced more ... The more one binds oneself to God our Lord and shows himself more generous toward His Divine Majesty, the more will he find God more generous toward himself and the more disposed will he be to receive graces and spiritual gifts which are greater each day.

Constitutions, n. 282

Think about it

  • Do I reject necessary tasks because I think they are beneath my dignity?
  • When I am generous in performing these tasks, I am generous toward my neighbor and toward God.
  • Menial work, done willingly, makes me better disposed to receive God's graces.

Just Imagine

Paul left Athens and went to Corinth. There he found a Jew named Aquila, a native of Pontus, who had recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla, because Claudius had ordered all Jews to leave Rome. Paul went to see them, and, because he was of the same trade, he stayed with them, and they worked together -- by trade they were tent makers.

Acts 18: 1-3

Remember

It will be very specially helpful to perform with all possible devotion the tasks in which humility and charity are practiced more.