A worker’s prayer to Saint Joseph

Saint Joseph, patron of all who are devoted to work, obtain for me the grace to work hard in the spirit of penance in order to atone for my sins;

to labor conscientiously, putting devotion to duty before my own inclination; to labor with thankfulness and joy, considering it an honor to employ and develop by may labor the gifts I have received from Almighty God;

to work with order, peace, meditation, and patience, without 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 ill employed, of good undone, and of my empty pride in success which is so fatal to the work of God.

All for Jesus, all through Mary, all in imitation of you, good Saint Joseph! Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Saint Joseph the Worker, pray for us!

SOURCE: SHMI Prayer Book, pp. 230-231

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