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Saint Joseph The Worker

Today the Church celebrates the feast of Saint Joseph the Worker, dedicated to his status as the patron saint of workers. For any of you who are currently employed, it is a good chance to reflect on your job. Do you offer up your work to God each day as a form of prayer? If so, do you always put forth your best effort? Even though we don’t often think about it, doing our job well is a great way to glorify God. If you are unemployed or searching for new employment, ask St. Joseph for help. He certainly understands the importance of work and will not ignore your request.

Unfortunately, many people look at their work and their faith as two separate things. In actuality, they are very much related and we can express our faith by performing our job well. A good place to start is by making a Morning Offering each day:

O Jesus,
through the Immaculate Heart of Mary,
I offer You my prayers, works,
joys and sufferings
of this day for all the intentions
of Your Sacred Heart,
in union with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass
throughout the world,
in reparation for my sins,
for the intentions of all my relatives and friends,
and in particular
for the intentions of the Holy Father.
When we make this offering, everything we do and experience throughout the day becomes a prayer. Pretty neat, isn’t it?

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