Paul reminds us all that working hard is part of living the full dignity of our humanity. In his Encyclical on Human Work, Laborem Exercens, John Paul II reminded the world that working is essential to the dignity of the human person in that through work we participate in the creative work of God in the world. This is why one of the primary works of any government is to provide work for its people. A government that presides over crippling unemployment conditions is a government that has failed in its duty towards the people!

Holy Spirit, help our governments to work for the people and not against them; help them to put the people first and not themselves.