Thursday, May 01, 2008

Three in One

No, I don't mean the Trinity! I mean the convergence of observances today: in most parts of the world, it is Ascension Thursday (here in Chicago, alas, the feast has been moved to Sunday); it is "May Day" in Socialist-inspired contexts, but the feast of St. Joseph the Worker for us Catholics; and it is the beginning of a whole beautiful month dedicated to Mary. (For us Paulines, it is also the beginning of our novena in honor of Mary Queen of Apostles; I'll try to share something of that with you every day until her feast, if not for the whole month of May.)
Anyway, in honor of the feast of St. Joseph the Worker, here is a prayer our founder wrote some decades ago. It is especially appropriate in view of the many people who have suddenly found themselves out of work.

St. Joseph, foster father of Jesus Christ, you were the work-teacher to the Son of God, who became a humble laborer for us. Assist with your prayers all who labor in intellectual, moral and material work. For the nations, obtain legislation inspired by the Gospel, the spirit of Christian charity, and a way of governing in accord with justice and peace. St. Joseph the Worker, pray for us.

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