Novena to St. Joseph – Day 8

Saint Joseph, A Working Father

Reflection

Working persons, whatever their job may be, are cooperating with God himself, and in some way become creators of the world around us. The crisis of our time, which is economic, social, cultural and spiritual, can serve as a summons for all of us to rediscover the value, the importance and necessity of work for bringing about a new “normal” from which no one is excluded. Saint Joseph’s work reminds us that God himself, in becoming man, did not disdain work. The loss of employment that affects so many of our brothers and sisters, and has increased as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, should serve as a summons to review our priorities.

Patris Corde, 6
(Apostolic Letter by Pope Francis, 2020)

Prayer

For Workers, Especially Frontline Workers, and for the Unemployed

Saint Joseph, working father,
we ask that you intercede with your Son,
the Saviour of the world,
that we may complete
the life-giving work
that God, Creator of all things,
has set us to accomplish
and attain the promised rewards.

V. Let the favour of the Lord our God be upon us, and prosper for us the work of our hands
R. O prosper the work of our hands! (Ps 90.17)

Action

Let us […] find ways to express our firm conviction that no young person, no person at all, no family should be without work. (Patris Corde, 6)