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).
We should sanctify our daily work by praying before and after work like St. Joseph did. Silence is the guardian of virtues.
Oh glorious St Joseph, model of all who are devoted to labor, obtain for me the grace to work in the spirit of penance in expiation of my many sins; to work conscientiously by placing love of duty above my inclinations; to gratefully and joyously deem it an honor to employ and to develop by labor the gifts I have received from God, to work methodically, peacefully and in moderation and patience, without ever shrinking from it through weariness or difficulty to work; above all, with purity of intention and unselfishness, having unceasingly before my eyes death and the account I have to render of time lost, talents unused, good not done, and vain complacency in success, so harmful to the work of God. All for Jesus, all for Mary, all to imitate you, O Patriarch St Joseph! This shall be my motto for life and eternity. Amen.