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A Prayer for Fidelity to Work

Dedicating Our Work to God


Saint Joseph, detail from Flight Into Egypt

Saint Joseph, detail from Flight Into Egypt, 14th-15th century fresco, St. Peter's Church, Avigliana, Italy

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Sometimes, it's hard to convince ourselves to do the work that we need to do. Seeing a spiritual purpose in that work can help. This prayer to Saint Joseph, patron saint of workers, helps us call to mind that all of our labor is, in fact, part of our struggle on the road to heaven.

A Prayer for Fidelity to Work

Glorious St. Joseph, model of all who are devoted to labor, obtain for me the grace to work conscientiously, putting the call of duty above my natural inclinations; to work with gratitude and joy, considering it an honor to employ and develop, by means of labor, the gifts received from God, disregarding difficulties and weariness; to work, above all, with purity of intention and with detachment from self, having always before my eyes death, and the account which I must render of time lost, of talents wasted, of good omitted, of vain complacency in success, so fatal to the work of God. All for Jesus, all for Mary, all after your example, patriarch Joseph. This will be my watchword in life and in death. Amen.

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