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All Catholics know that school-day exhortation: Laborare est Orare (to work is to pray).
28) This passage was marked by a semantic change, from ergon toponos, in the Greek Fathers, and from operari to laborare in the Latin ones.
It was in the ambiance of the medieval monastery wherefrom comes the famous formula beloved by Carlyle: laborare est orare; that is, labor in some respect equals prayer.
8) Later, the protagonist does not know how much longer the Cena is to go on: "nor were we yet aware that we were struggling up only the middle of the hill, as they say" (nec adhuc sciebamus nos in medio [lautitiarum], quod aiunt, clivo laborare 47,8).
Sic ergo patet quod religiosi et secula[r]es qui sine furtu, sine concupiscencia alienarum rerum, et sine turpi cura vitam habere possunt, undecumque ex precepto apostoli laborare non tenentur.
Not as missionaries to convert, not as profit-seeking traders to exploit the native, but as honest workmen did they come with hammer and saw in hand, prepared to earn their daily bread by the sweat of the brow, to teach the dusky savage the dignity of labour, the usefulness of honest work, that laborare est orare.
The motto of Christian monasticism, Laborare et Orare--to work and to pray--has always invited such variations as Orare est Laborare--to pray is to work or Laborare est Orare--to work is to pray.
If, then, you send me away without the hope of your love, you will drive me to an early death, after which none of your remedies will do any good, and so you may be called a homicide]; `Malo etenim ad vitae tibi conservanda gubernacula laborare quam mortis praestare causam vel homicidii incurrere crimen' [For I would rather exert myself to give you directions for keeping alive than offer you cause for death or incur the crime of homicide].
More concretely, an Asian Christology will emerge only after Asian Christians, by plunging into the waters of religiousness and poverty, succeed in fusing "politics with asceticism, involvement with introspection, class analysis and self-analysis, the Marxist laborare with the monastic orare, a militant repudiation of Mammon with a mystic relationship with Abba their Father.
Aware of her shortcomings as a driver, she nevertheless asserts that God will help her with the exam in a near fusion of Benedictine laborare est orare, her religious belief, and commodity culture.

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