Put St. Joseph to Work for You

Happy Feast of St. Joseph the Worker!

Devotion to St. Joseph is a healthy part of any Catholic spirituality.

The child Jesus in St. Joseph's workshop.

The child Jesus in St. Joseph’s workshop.

There is an endearing article today on Vatican Insider about Pope Francis’ devotion to St. Joseph – read it here. I particularly enjoyed these words about committing prayer intentions to the saint, attributed to Pope Francis: “You know, you have to be patient with these carpenters: they tell you they’ll have a piece of furniture finished in a couple of weeks and it ends up taking a month even. But they get the job done and they do it well! You just need to be patient…”

When we pray to St. Joseph, we can even learn patience!

Pope Francis' statue of St. Joseph (who is asleep), in the old Spanish style, surrounded by relics of saints. This appears to be an old photograph from Argentina, though the Pope had this statue brought to Rome and it is just outside his room in the Vatican's St. Martha hotel.

Pope Francis’ statue of the sleeping St. Joseph, in the old Spanish style, surrounded by relics of saints. This appears to be an old photograph from Argentina, though the Pope had this statue brought to Rome and it is just outside his room in the Vatican’s St. Martha hotel.

I would direct your attention also to these brief thoughts written by Pope Benedict XVI on St. Joseph and his silence. Benedict XVI’s baptismal name is Joseph, so today is a feast day for him. He has taken up, in large part, the silence of St. Joseph as his new form of life in retirement. Remember to say a prayer for him today!

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2 Responses to Put St. Joseph to Work for You

  1. Brian E. Breslin says:

    I know what you mean, Father, about our beloved St. Joseph. My Dad was Joseph and he sent four of his six sons to St. Joseph’s Prep, and five of us graduated from St. Joseph’s University, both in Philadelphia. We Breslins knew the power of the intercession of Joseph from toddler age.

  2. Great Post, Father. Thanks.

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