St. Joseph the Worker

St. Joseph the WorkerSt. Joseph the Worker

May 1, or” May Day ,” was celebrated throughout the Communist world as a practice of presumably status the role and importance of laborers in Marxist countries. The Communist conception of exertion as almost an end in itself was, of course, very different from the Christian understanding, and in 1955, to highlight this difference, Pope Pius XII instituted the feast of St. Joseph the Worker.

Joseph, the partner of Mary and the foster-father of Jesus, spent a lifetime laboring as a carpenter. His primary motive for driving wasn’t a quest for riches or status, but a desire to serve God and to care for his family in a caring acces. Joseph never succeeded any miracles; he never making such a important pronunciations; he wasn’t a public figure, but was known exclusively as a humble carpenter( Matthew 13:55 ). Joseph labored in insignificance, but was nonetheless given an important part in God’s plan.


1. Work is not intended to be an end in itself or a road to earthly riches; very, it’s meant to glorify God and to help us prepare for eternity. As Jesus said,” Do not store up for yourselves fortunes on earth, where moth and decomposition destroy, and thieves break in and steal. But store up treasures in Heaven, where neither moth nor decompose destroys , nor thieves break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there too will your stomach be”( Matthew 6:20 -2 1 ).

2. Honest and humble labor is an issue of true-life human dignity. Though St. Joseph toiled as a simple carpenter, he achieved immense holiness, and his example forced Jesus, Who — though the everlasting Son of God and the Source of all start — Himself learned from Joseph and for a epoch followed in his footsteps as a carpenter( Mark 6:3 ).

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From Johnnette Benkovic’s Graceful Living: Meditations to Help You Grow Closer to God Day by Day

St. Joseph is the best protector to help you in your life, to infiltrate the spirit of the Gospel. Indeed, from the Heart of the God-Man, Savior of the world, this spirit is infused in you and in all men, but it is certain that there was no worker’s spirit so perfectly and deep penetrated as the putative father-god of Jesus, who lived with him in the closest intimacy and society of family and work. So, if you want to be close to Christ, I reiterate to you “Ite ad Ioseph”: Go to Joseph!

— From an address of Pope Pius XII to Italian workers

Johnnette’s Meditation

How are my labor and my leisure beneficial for my salvation and that of others? What can I do in each to perform them more so? How can St. Joseph’s example and intercession abet me to do so?

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