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A Prayer of St. Augustine

Breathe in me, O Holy Spirit, that my thoughts may all be holy. Act in me, O Holy Spirit, that my work, too, may be holy. Draw my heart, O Holy Spirit, that I love but what is holy. Strengthen me, O Holy Spirit, to defend all that is holy. Guard me, then, O Holy Spirit, that I always may be holy. Amen.

making work sacred

The kind of work we do does not make us holy but we may make it holy. However “sacred” a calling may be, as it is a calling, it has not power to sanctify; but rather as we are and have the divine being within, we bless each task we do, be it eating, or sleeping, or watching, or any other. Whatever they do, who have not much of God’s nature, they work in vain. – Meister Eckhart

Meister Eckhart, the 13th century German theologian and mystic, reminds us that there is no work that is more sacred than any other. All work has a sacredness to it, and all work give us the opportunity to grow in God’s grace.

In Eckhart’s view it is the divine spark within each of us that sanctifies the work we undertake, not the other way around. We make the work we do holy by the holiness we bring to it. That’s yet another good reason to do everything to the glory of God, even the most menial of our daily tasks.