- Pope Francis I addressed the labor shortage in his November prayer intentions.
- He Tweeted: “Let us #PrayTogether that people who suffer from depression or burnout find support and a light that opens them to life. “
- He also quoted Jesus: “Come to me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
“Overwork and work-related stress cause extreme burnout in many people – mental, emotional, emotional and physical exhaustion.”
No, it’s not a public service announcement or editorial about the labor shortage at a point of sale like, say, Insider.
It is a statement from the “pope of the people” himself, the head of the Roman Catholic Church, Francis I.
He wrote on Twitter prayers “that people who suffer from
or burnout will find support and a light that opens them to life. “
—Pope Francis (@Pontifex) November 3, 2021
His November prayer intention tackles labor issues head-on, and as is characteristic of the Pope who broke with Catholic tradition in various progressive ways, Francis was pro-worker in his statement. Addressing the change of seasons, his prayer examined the seasonal affective disorder that occurs in the northern hemisphere, as “sadness, apathy and spiritual fatigue come to dominate the lives of people, who are overworked due to the pace. of life today “.
Some react to these feelings by turning to false promises of solutions to these spiritual problems but, the Pope said, “There is no solution.
Instead, he advises turning to the words of Jesus, especially those concerning the labor market: “Come to me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
More progressive than the others
Pope Francis is no stranger to weighing in on the world’s socio-economic turmoil. In an October speech, the Bishop of Rome offered a whole litany of prayers directly calling on business and financial elites to fight inequality.
In that speech, Francis called on pharmaceutical companies to open up patents on vaccines, mining and oil companies to promote conservation, and technology companies to “stop exploiting human weakness, the vulnerability of people, in l ‘interest in profits without worrying about the spread of hate speech, grooming, fake news, conspiracy theories and political manipulation. “
Francis has often adopted a more militant tone than his predecessors, emphasizing a more leftist approach to the plight of the poor and oppressed in the spirit of the tradition of liberation theology in the Catholic Church. He has often aroused the ire of more conservative priests and bishops, including a 2019 letter from 19 priests and academics calling for his denunciation as a heretic for some of his more liberal positions.
Stress at work is just the latest problem Francis tackles.
Cases of burnout have increased at an alarming rate. The World Health Organization classified burnout as a “syndrome” in 2019, medically legitimizing the condition for the first time. It is a growing problem in today’s workplace due to trends such as increasing workload, limited staff and resources, and long hours.
Millennials in particular have reported that they suffer from higher burnout rates than other generations, due to longer working hours and stagnant wages. In a viral BuzzFeed article, Anne Helen Petersen called them the “burnout generation,” attributing the phenomenon to the education of millennials and the economic environment in which they grew up.
Burnout has come to a head in the age of remote work, as the workforce suffers a big resignation with millions leaving their jobs. Older millennials (as well as Millennials) are leading the way, according to the Harvard Business Review, in part because of the higher demand for mid-level workers and because the pandemic has caused some to reassess what ‘they want both in their work and in life.
Since no one has yet found a solution to the labor shortage, prayers might just help.