May Day, My Day

I once read that May Day has its origins in late 19th Century America when the eight hour workday was first adopted in the city of Chicago. From there, it didn’t take long for socialists and unionists around the world to declare it as an “international worker’s holiday”. It was during the Cold War that the holiday began to be associated as an official communist celebration. In response, the feast of St. Joseph the Worker was established in 1955 by Pope Pius XII emphasizing that work must always respect the human dignity of the laborer and serve the common good of society.
For me, personally, I have much more to commemorate because it is the day of my baptism. A year ago I took up the challenge handed down by Pope Francis given in a general audience in St. Peter’s square to look up one’s Baptismal date, so as to never lose awareness of how much the Lord has done in us. As St. Paul reveals in his letter to the Romans, “We were indeed buried with him through baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might live in newness of life.” (Romans 6:4) As such, I will be heartily celebrating the anniversary of the day I was given this great gift of “new life.”

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