Below Ground, Blessing a Fresh Tunnel Where Diggers Risk Their Lives – NYTimes.com

August 7, 2012

It is our culturally induced tendency to go off on any project or decision based solely on our own gut feeling. That’s a mistake. Here is a story I found quite uplifting and a timely reminder abut seeking the wisdom from above.

Then the muddy workers stopped drilling and hacking, and they gathered around the priest. Glaring work lights shined on the stone walls, and some daylight streamed down the shaft.

The priest, the Rev. Kazimierz Kowalski of the Roman Catholic Church of Our Lady of Good Counsel on East 90th Street in Manhattan, stepped over rocks into a small clearing away from the shaft to be clear of falling objects. And there he began to pray, blessing the underground cavity where the Second Avenue subway tunnel is taking shape.

“The work we continue today should enliven our faith and make us grateful,” Father Kowalski began. “If the Lord does not build a house, in vain do its builders labor.”

A year into the construction of this section of the Second Avenue tunnel, the cavern has now been “belled out” — excavated enough to accommodate large machines — and prompting the sandhogs, the construction workers who dig beneath the city, to seek divine sanction for their risky work.

 

Below Ground, Blessing a Fresh Tunnel Where Diggers Risk Their Lives – NYTimes.com.

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