Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Novena to St. Joseph the Worker

St. Joseph the Worker
St. Joseph, Patron of Workers
(Feast – May 1)

Model of all who are devoted to toil,
Obtain for me the grace to toil
In the spirit of penance,
In order thereby to atone
For my many sins;

To toil conscientiously,
Putting devotion to duty
Before my own inclinations;
To labor with thankfulness and joy,
Deeming it an honor
To employ and to develop by my labor
The gifts I have received from Almighty God;

To work with order,
Peace, moderation and patience,
Without ever shrinking
From weariness and difficulties;

To work, above all,
With a pure intention
And with detachment from ourselves,
Having always before my eyes
The hour of death
And the accounting
Which I must then render
Of time ill-spent,
Of talents unemployed,
Of good undone
And of empty pride in success,
Which is so fatal to the work of God.

All for Jesus,
All through Mary,
All in imitation of you,
O Patriarch Joseph!

This shall be my motto
In life and in death.


Source My Catholic Tradition

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Lisa said...

Thank-you, thank-you for the reminder! Posted this, too, so many prayers have the opportunity to fly up to him!

Esther said...

Glad to help Lisa!