St. Joseph the Worker
Joseph was one of those whose hard work made the community function. He earned his livelihood by practicing a craft which was vital to the life of his community. Neighbors could get their necessities in his shop and he provided for them by his own labor. They depended on him. He was not a rich man. He was one of the many who are unsung and taken for granted, but, without whom the community could not function. Today, we are reminded of Joseph the workman and the rights and gratitude we owe to all those like him, those people whose honest labor keeps our communities functioning and who deserve respect and a wage consist with their work.
May all who work be treated justly.
Think of the economy not as an index of growth or decline but as representing persons who need the dignity and resources of honest work. As a citizen, be aware of the actions, causes and economic philosophies that underlie present problems.
Coming to His own country Jesus taught them in the synagogue, so that they were astonished, and said, “Where did this man get this wisdom and these mighty works? Is not this the carpenter’s son?
Do not take advantage of a hired worker who is poor and needy, whether that worker is a fellow Israelite or a foreigner residing in one of your towns.
Each of us can discover in Joseph – the man who goes unnoticed, a daily, discreet and hidden presence – an intercessor, a support and a guide in times of trouble. Saint Joseph reminds us that those who appear hidden or in the shadows can play an incomparable role in the history of salvation.
Saint Joseph was a just man, a tireless worker, the upright guardian of those entrusted to his care.
Pope John Paul II
St. Joseph belongs to the working-class, and he bore the burdens of poverty for himself and the Holy Family, whose tender and vigilant head he was.
Pope Pius XI
Work is love made visible. And if you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of those who work with joy.
Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.
To find out what one is fitted to do, and to secure an opportunity to do it, is the key to happiness.