(Can you believe April is this close to being over already?)
Lots of things to commend to dear St. Joseph's hands these days. I'm remembering my husband, whose labor all these years has sustained our family so well ~ and I'm asking St. Joseph for his continued aid for my husband in the coming storms. And for my own improved industriousness and efficiency...
(Can you ask for too many things on the coattails of one novena, I wonder?)
Because I also want to ask prayers for St. Joseph's powerful intercession for the Universal Church.
And a word for all the Josephs in our life
(That's you, Paul, Gabe, and Grandpa!)...
St. Joseph, Patron of Workers
(Feast – May 1)
O GLORIOUS ST. JOSEPH,
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.
H/T: Esther, whom I sincerely thank for the reminder!