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feast of st. joseph the worker

May 1, 2009

Today is the feast of St. Joseph the Worker.  As he is my beloved protector, I felt it only right to honor him.  This is what Catholic Exchange had to say about the saint of the day:

Joseph, the husband of Mary and the foster-father of Jesus, spent a lifetime laboring as a carpenter. His primary motivation for working wasn’t a quest for riches or status, but a desire to serve God and to care for his family in a loving way. Joseph never worked any miracles; he never made any important speeches; he wasn’t a public figure, but was known only as a humble carpenter (Matthew 13:55). Joseph labored in obscurity, but was nonetheless given an important part in God’s plan.

Lessons

1. Work is not intended to be an end in itself or a path to earthly riches; rather, it’s meant to glorify God and to help us prepare for eternity. As Jesus said, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and decay destroy, and thieves break in and steal. But store up treasures in Heaven, where neither moth nor decay destroys, nor thieves break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be” (Matthew 6:20-21).

2. Honest and humble labor is a source of true human dignity. Though St. Joseph worked as a simple carpenter, he achieved great holiness, and his example influenced Jesus, Who — though the eternal Son of God and the Source of all creation — Himself learned from Joseph and for a time followed in his footsteps as a carpenter (Mark 6:3).

read full entry here.

And here is a prayer to honor the humble provider of the Holy Family:

IN PRAISE

(Note: This prayer was taken from the booklet “Devotions to Saint Joseph” by Brian Moore, S.J., printed and published by the Society of St. Paul. This may be prayed in thanksgiving for favors granted through St. Joseph’s intercession.)

All the hosts of heaven praise you, Joseph,
for in your arms you carried the Son of God.
Alone of all men you were found worthy to be
the husband of the Virgin Mother,
and to carry in your arms the Son of God.
He who ruled all things obeyed you,
and He who teaches the whole creation
was taught by you.
The Church on earth sings your praise,
for in your lowly house she had her beginning,
for you alone of all men were found worthy to be
the husband of the Church’s Mother,
and to carry in your arms the Christ
whose Body she is.

Find this and other prayers to St. Joe here.

Oh beloved St. Joseph, pray for us!!

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Cristin Luea permalink
    May 2, 2009 2:55 pm

    Nick painted a poster for Daddy, thanking him for all his hard work. And we put a prayer to St. Joseph on there too. A great feast!

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