St. Joseph the Worker

The Holy Ones

St. Joseph, pray for us! St. Joseph, pray for us!

St Joseph is patron saint of the universal Church of Christ on earth, the dying, marriages, fatherhood, families. He is also an excellent example of humility and obedience to the calling of God in his life.

However, it is St Joseph’s patronage of workers that is one of his most illustrious titles, warranting a special feast day in his honour.

He was himself a humble carpenter who knew what it was to work hard, often for meagre pay, in order to earn a living to support his the Blessed Virgin Mary and the child Jesus. Though a hard worker, he knew poverty and when presenting gifts at Jesus’ presentation in the Temple, it was the gift of the poor that St Joseph presented to God, ‘a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons’ (Lk 2:24).

REFLECTION:

We should sanctify our daily work by praying before and after work like St. Joseph did. Silence is the guardian of…

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