St. Joseph the Worker

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Today is the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker. It was instituted in 1955 by Pope Pius XII in part to combat communist ideology.

"Work" can mean different things to different people. Apart from an occupation, we are called to be workers in God's vineyard. We must always use our gifts and talents to build up the Kingdom of God on earth.

The dignity of work is a hallmark of humanity. Now it's obvious that some people simply can't work. This does not reduce their dignity one iota. But we are all called to be productive, to contribute to society. St. Joseph gives us the model of work. He was the protector and provider for Jesus and Mary. Let us thank God for the dignity of work, and ask for the intercession of St. Joseph in our lives and in the world.

Father, through the intercession of St. Joseph, may we diligently work to provide for ourselves and our families and the building of the Kingdom of God. Amen.

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