Having thundered the statement: “Christians, know then your dignity, with St. Leo I will call you sharers in the divine nature,” Eugene now addresses various categories of poor people showing them how in the light of what God teaches them to be, that which the world thinks of them, and how the way it treats them is in opposition to what they really are: “more precious in the eyes of God than all earth’s riches.”

Let us put our questions to the world. It will reply in line with the prejudices, the foolish code that serves as its rule of life, on which, etc., according to which it pronounces, etc.
Workers, who are you in the eyes of the world? A class of people destined to spend their lives in the painful exercise of an obscure toil that places you in dependence on and submits you to the caprices of all those from whom you must wheedle a job.

Notes for the first instruction in the Church of the Madeleine
O.W. XV n. 114

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