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Full of Use Philemon 1-21

Full of Use

Are we in service, or out of service?

At a Glance

Finland, Brazil, Tunisia and France mandate 30 days off a year -- and this doesn't count any federal holidays. How many such vacation days are mandated by the U.S. government for workers? Zero. As for national holidays, we have 10. Labor Day is one of them. So, let's talk about this. Philemon is a good text for this weekend.

Editors' Pick

For material based on today's gospel text, see "Grunting Allowed," September 9, 2007, at

Labor Day weekend is considered by many to be the last gasp of summer. It's the final day of the year when you can wear white without the fashion police glaring at you. It's a time for picnics, parades and pools. After Labor Day, there are no more picnics, no more parades, and the pools close for the season -- at least in most parts of the country.

And, it's the end of the summer vacation season.

In the United States, we recognize 10 public holidays for which many have a paid day off from work (Martin Luther King Jr. Day,...

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