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Monday, September 15, 2014

Many Hands Make Light Work...or By the Sweat of Your Brow...

This Youtube video reminded me of the Gospel passage from St. Matthew that we recently heard at Mass:  “Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock." (Matthew 7:24).    The video is made from a series of photographs of an Amish barn raising taken at 20 second intervals over a period of 10 hours. 

It's quite astounding and a real example of how a huge project can be completed so efficiently when many people work together with a clear plan.  The rhythm of the work and the pace indicate that these men know what they are doing and each one does his part. There is not a single power tool or pneumatic hammer in sight!  In fact, I only saw a little ladder toward the end of the video.  They seem to know how to climb the beams and which way to work themselves down without moving a ladder around.

This morning I chatted with a few men outside of my house who are digging trenches for new gas lines.  This work can only be done manually so as to avoid breaking existing lines or cutting power supplies.  They were chest deep in the ground, shoveling out the dirt.  Talk about earning their living by the sweat of their brow!

May God bless all of those who labor in all kinds of weather and conditions.  May they be given the help of others to make their task lighter.





(via Jonah Goldberg at National Review Online)

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