Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Feast of St. Joseph the Worker

Icon by Daniel Nichols from Eighth Day Icons

Through the example of good St. Joseph, this feast reminds us that all our work is blessed when offered up for the glory of God.

From the Office of Readings-
The Value of Work

Read from the Catholic
Treasure Box #8, #15 and #16.
The beginning of these three issues tell very sweetly and show us a little of St. Joseph working to care for the Holy Family.

Work with wood today. Make a mini shrine for St. Joseph.

Pray this week for workers around the world, especially those suffering from unjust wages or dangerous working conditions.

Prayer to St. Joseph the Worker
O glorious St. Joseph, model of all those who are devoted to labor, obtain for me the grace to work conscientiously, putting the call of duty above my natural inclinations, to work with gratitude and joy, in a spirit of penance for the remission of my sins, considering it an honor to employ and develop by means of labor the gifts received from God, to work with order, peace, moderation and patience, without ever shrinking from weariness and difficulties, to work above all with purity of intention and detachment from self, having always death before my eyes and the account that I must render of time lost, of talents wasted, of good omitted, of vain complacency in success, so fatal to the work of God. All for Jesus, all through Mary, all after thine example, O Patriarch, St. Joseph. Such shall be my  watchword in life and in death. Amen.

St. Joseph the Worker (Catholic Culture)

St. Joseph the Worker Coloring Page (By Charlotte of Waltzing Matilda)

Please pray today for my friend, Maryan and her family, as they welcome a new little man on this beautiful feast.

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