Dignity of work

St Joseph the Worker (square with quote)
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1st May: Feast of St. Joseph the Worker / Labour Day

There are many magnificent quotes about this great and most humble Saint. The one above seems particularly fitting during these times, as we recognise in a special way the dignity of honest labour and essential work.

8 thoughts on “Dignity of work

      1. Lol! For some reason I thought I had read on your blog you were a mother. But I am sure you have blessed a child/children with your love, and that is what a mother does, be it, a biological one or a spiritual one. Yes, I am a mother of 3, but due to virus, of course shut down caused us not to be able to gather. God Bless, SR

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  1. I think I am going to have to get that book. Thanks so much for sharing. One other thing I have always thought about it when it came to St. Joseph, is his humility. I mean to live with the two he did, St. Joseph had to be the most humble man that has ever walked the face of this earth. Again thank you. God Bless, SR

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  2. I have often wondered about St. Joseph. Can you imagine what it would be like to live with the Blessed Mother who was full of God’s grace, and being born without original sin. Then raising a Son who was God man? Here he was just like us? I often thought about what it would have been like for me to live with those who had such purity and grace from God. One being totally sinless and Divine,one being so favored, then there I would be, pure mortal with all my failings and sins. That is really what it was like for St. Joseph. I do not know how I would have reacted to living with all of that? I mean what was it like for him when he sinned, and Mary was perfect in so many ways, and Jesus was completely perfect? Good post and God Bless, SR

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    1. I have wondered those things as well! Over these past 2 years as I developed a special devotion towards St Joseph, I got this sense that he must have been an incredibly, uniquely righteous man, but didn’t quite have a solid basis for it other than that Sacred Scripture does say he was a “just man”. However a few months ago, I read the highly acclaimed book ‘Consecration to St Joseph’ by Fr Calloway – it blew my mind! It’s packed with lesser-known writings of great saints about St Joseph, and it profoundly grew my understanding of his greatest in the eyes of even Mary and Jesus, and how crucial his role in salvation history. Sounds hyperbolic, I know, but you’ll just have to read it! Some gems:

      “God would not have given the most holy Virgin to Joseph as his wife unless he had been holy and righteous. What right-minded father would give his most beloved daughter in marriage to a man who was not moral and beyond reproach according to his rank and state in life?” -St. Lawrence of Brindisi

      “If you want to form an idea of St. Joseph’s greatness, consider that by divine privilege he merited to bear the title ‘Father of Jesus’. Reflect too that his own name ‘Joseph’ means an increase. Keeping in mind the great patriarch Joseph, sold by his brothers in Egypt, understand that our Saint has inherited not only his name, but even more, his power, his innocence, and his sanctity. As the patriarch Joseph stored the wheat not for himself, but for the people in their time of need, so Joseph has received a heavenly commission to watch over the living Bread not for himself alone, but for the entire world.” -St. Bernard of Clairvaux

      “God chose to make St. Joseph his most tangible image in earth, the depository for all the rights of his divine paternity, the husband of that noble Virgin who is Mistress if angels and men.” -Bl. William Joseph Chaminade

      And here’s a profound and moving accompanying reflection by Fr Calloway:
      “The fatherhood of St. Joseph increased the presence of the Heavenly Father in the life of Jesus. Now, to be clear, St. Joseph is not God. He cannot add anything to the divine and eternal communion existing between God the Father and God the Son. Nor can St. Joseph improve the ability of Jesus, as a Divine Person, to perpetually behold the presence of his Heavenly Father. Rather, St. Joseph was chosen to stand in the place of the Heavenly Father according to the demands of Jesus’ human nature. God the Father doesn’t have a human nature. Every time Jesus saw St. Joseph, heard him speak, watched him work, or witnessed his chaste love for Mary, the humanity of Jesus witnessed a perfect reflection of the Heavenly Father.”

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