Novena to St. Joseph the Workman April 22-30

O Glorious St. Joseph, model of all those who are devoted to labor,
obtain the grace for me to work conscientiously,
putting the call of duty above my natural inclinations;
to work with gratitude and joy, in a spirit of penance for the remission of my sins,
considering it an honor to develop by means of labor the gifts received from God;
to work with order, peace, moderation and patience,
without ever shrinking from weariness and difficulties;
to work above all with purity of intention and detachment from self,
having always death before my eyes and the account 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, through Mary, all after thine own example, O Patriarch St. Joseph.
Such shall be my watchword in life and in death. Amen.

~Pope St. Pius X

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27 comments on “Novena to St. Joseph the Workman April 22-30

  1. Not about the novena, but about praying to St. Joseph. I have a wonky video card due to the poor installation of a new one a couple of years back. If I move the Dell machine, the cable comes ‘unseated’ and my screen goes blank. It happens a couple of times a year. Yes, I should get it fixed, but the Dell is heavy and so often they break something while fixing something that I’ve just lived with it. I have to shut the machine down and reseat the cable correctly and then start again to get the video card read again, but I can’t shut down the right way, not being able to see where the cursor is. So I have to shut down manually, fool around with the cable trying to seat it, and then turn the machine on manually and wait for the little beeps which means it didn’t seat, or it worked, the machine fires up and I have the video again. I have to sit on the floor to do this. This time I had no luck. I must have tried fifty times. I thought I was a goner, but I rested for a second and said to St. Joseph, ‘I know I should have asked for your help right from the start, but I hate to bother you if I can do it myself, but I’ve tried, and I’m so tired now. Would you please help me?” And I once again used the button to shut the machine off, I did the motions to reseat the cable (not different from the motions I had made before, I assure you; there’s only so many ways you can tease pins into their seat on a cable connection), and turned the machine back on.

    You know what happened. Instantly. Thank you, St. Joseph. I know I should ask more often, but I really do hate to bother him before I give it a college try myself.

  2. Jan B. That is a neat story!
    I love Saint Joseph and count on him…well, for almost everything.
    “Go to Joseph.”
    I bother him continuously,
    but somehow I don’t think he minds if we bother him, ha.

    Prayed day 2.

  3. Prayed day 9. Amen.

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