"All actions have a right to be performed well... They ought to be all Eucharistic, made with Eucharistic grace and love, and on the model of the Eucharist. You ought to perform manual labor as well as you do Adoration or Communion, because your actions derive their merit from the Master who commands them, and [...]
"Why do you look for rest when you were born to work? Resign yourself to patience rather than to comfort, to carrying your cross rather than to enjoyment." Source: Thomas a’ Kempis, The Imitation of Christ, Dover Thrift Editions, 1940.
"We cannot get a real satisfaction out of our work unless we pause, frequently, to ask ourselves why we are doing it, and whether its purpose is one our minds wholeheartedly approve. Perhaps one reason why so many of our economic and political projects miscarry is because they are in the hands of men with [...]
"No amount of piety in leisure hours can compensate for slipshod labor on the job. But any honest task, well done, can be turned into a prayer." Source: Ven. Fulton J. Sheen, Way to Happiness, St. Pauls, 1998.
"Work is a moral duty and not, as many men imagine, a mere physical necessity. St. Paul said, 'The man who refuses to work must be left to starve' (cf. 2 Th 3:10)." Source: Ven. Fulton J. Sheen, Way to Happiness, St. Pauls, 1998.