Sunday, May 1, 2011

St. Joseph the Worker

How appropriate that the 1st day of May, a month entirely dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary, is usually the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker. I say usually, because since today is Sunday, Divine Mercy Sunday at that, this optional feast will not be recognized.

This weekend, we are workers and carpenters of sorts as we clear away the jungle of tree limbs left by the Good Friday tornado that destroyed many homes in my neighborhood. We were blessed to have minor house damage and major tree loss.

To St. Joseph we pray:

Prayer to Saint Joseph
Pope Pius X

O Glorious St. Joseph, model of all who are devoted to labor, obtain for me the grace to work in the spirit of penance in expiation of my many sins; to work conscientiously by placing love of duty above my inclinations; to gratefully and joyously deem it an honor to employ and to develop by labor the gifts I have received from God, to work methodically, peacefully, and in moderation and patience, without ever shrinking from it through weariness or difficulty to work; above all, with purity of intention and unselfishness, having unceasingly before my eyes death and the account I have to render time lost, talents unused, good not done, and vain complacency in success, so baneful to the work of God. All for Jesus, all for Mary, all to imitate thee, O Patriarch St. Joseph! This shall be my motto for life and eternity. AMEN!

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