Friday, May 01, 2009

St. Joseph the Worker

St. Joseph the Worker

We pray to St. Joseph for all those in need:

- of employment;

- for those who are employed, for their employment security;

- for husbands and fathers who are the providers of their families;

- for those in danger of losing their homes;

- for those who need to sell their home, that they may receive a fair price;

- for those who need to buy a home;

- for those who are dying;

- for the Universal Church;

- for those named Joseph

O Saint Joseph, assist those who need your intercession. Amen.

The following prayer is from Daily Prayer to St. Joseph the Worker

Glorious Saint Joseph,
pattern of all who are devoted to toil,
obtain for me the grace to work in the spirit of penance,
in order thereby to atone for my many sins;
to work conscientiously, putting devotion to duty
before my own inclinations;
to work 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 pure intention
and with a spirit of detachment from self,
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 my empty pride in success,
which is so fatal to the work of God.
All for Jesus,
all through Mary,
all in imitation of thee,
O Blessed Joseph!
This shall be my motto in life and in death.

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