Saint Joseph, you were yourself once faced with the responsibility of providing the necessities of life for Jesus and Mary. Look down with fatherly compassion upon me in my anxiety over my present inability to support my family. Please help me to find gainful employment very soon, so that this heavy burden of concern will be lifted from my heart and that I am soon able to provide for those whom God has entrusted to my care. Help us to guard against bitterness and discouragement, so that we may emerge from this trial spiritually enriched and with even greater blessings from God. Amen.

[Posted for those who might benefit from such a prayer right now!]

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  1. Warm Southern Breeze says:

    Having recently left gainful employment (the job scenario was a “mixed bag”) on entirely excellent terms & with a superb “parting gift” of a month’s salary, I was encouraged recently when I read the following in a daily devotional guide which I receive via e-mail: “Saint Anthony of Padua, a 12th-century Franciscan priest from Portugal, is best known in tradition as the saint to call upon when seeking a lost object. He could also be thought of as the patron saint of the unexpected, because illness, shipwreck, and unplanned events took him and his calling in surprising and unplanned directions. He gave it his all with a heartfelt, “Thy will be done,” and you can do the same when a higher call that takes you to unforeseen places upends your best-laid plans. Anthony teaches you to walk by faith. Take a leap the next time your faith invites it.”

    For me, what was most encouraging was this line: “you can do the same when a higher call that takes you to unforeseen places upends your best-laid plans.”

    Reflecting, it seemed to me that my life, in large part, has been a continual string of such “unplanned events” that have truly taken me and my “calling” (whatever that has been) “in surprising and unplanned directions.” Sinful creature that I am, I tend toward self loathing and unproductive visceral criticism. In other words, I unwittingly justify self-examination as a tool with which to beat myself up. So, I frequently avoid that aspect of my faith life altogether.

    Thank you for sharing this. And, I have good news to report, as well. I have recently accepted a contract of intermediate term/duration – 13 weeks – and anticipate starting within a week, or two. Thanks be to God!

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