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02 May 2007

Happy Feast of Joseph the Worker! 

OK, OK, it's a day late, but I was sick yesterday and away from the 'puter all day. So, happy Feast of Joseph the Worker! :-P

I love how the month of May, dedicated to our Blessed Mother, kicks off with a feast day for her Holy Husband! :-) Since this feast focuses on Joseph and his labors to support the Holy Family, here's a spiffy work-related prayer, by Pope St. Pius X, to him:

Glorious St. Joseph, model of all who
devote their lives to labor,

Obtain for me the grace to work
in the spirit of penance
in order thereby to atone
for my many sins.

To work conscientiously,
setting devotion to duty
in preference to my own whims.

To work with thankfulness and joy,
deeming it an honor to employ and
to develop by my labor
the gifts I have received from 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 self,
having always before my eyes
the hour of death and the accounting
which I must then render
of time ill spent, of talents wasted,
of good omitted, and
of vain complacency 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. AMEN.

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