1 May – St. Joseph the Worker: An intercessor in time of need

Georges_de_La_Tour_Joseph_Carpenter_workerI have often asserted in these pages that St. Joseph is a powerful intercessor.  I have received amazing interventions by this great saint, who is foster father of the Son of God.  I recently committed my material cares to him in this time of need.  Since then I have experienced his intercession as at no other time in my life.  He has interceded in ways that are so obvious – it is so clear that it is he doing things – that it’s funny.

Pray to St. Joseph, especially in your needs concerning your work and your vocation.  St. Joseph is a powerful intercessor.  He comes through for you especially when you are specific about what you need and when you need it.

I recommend St. Joseph especially for fathers in families.  Fathers, GO TO CONFESSION!  I think that would please Joseph.

May I suggest that you pray, often, the Litaniae Sancti Ioseph?

And remember the mighty Bux Protocol™.  This is more needed today than ever before.  Joseph is the Patron of the Church, after all.

Today’s feast of St. Joseph, the Worker, is modern.  It was given to the Church by Ven. Pope Pius XII in 1955.

We celebrate Joseph today especially as a patron of workers.  No doubt the thought behind the feast was, among other motives, to offset the incorrect atheistic, materialist view of work and workers presented by Socialism and Communism.

May Day had been a civic feast in many places since ancient times and festivals were held.


Rerum conditor Deus, qui legem laboris humano generi statuisti: concede propitius; ut, santi Ioseph exemplo et patricinio, opera perficiamus quae praecipis, et praemia consequamer quae promittis.

Do not to confuse the verbs condo, condere and condio, condire, both of which give is “conditor“… one being cónditor and the other condítor.


O God, creator of things, who established the law of labor for human kind: grant, propitiously; that, by the example and patronage of Saint Joseph, we may bring to completion the works which you command, and we may attain the rewards which you promise.

At the heart of our vocation as images of God we all have work to do.  God, our Creator, “worked” and then rested and saw that His work was good.  This is also our paradigm as His images.

When our First Parents revolted against God’s command, the entire human race fell.  The human race consisted of only two people, but it was the whole of the human race.  In their fall, we fell.

As a consequence of the Fall, man is now out of sync with God, himself, others and nature.  We do not live in the harmony that would make the tasks of stewardship of the gift of life and the honor of being at the pinnacle of material creation without sorrow, toil and pain.

And yet even before the Fall man had been given labor by God the Father.  Man had duties in the Garden.  It was our Fall that transformed that labor into toil.

God knew every one of us from before the Creation of the universe.  He calls us into existence at the exact point and place in His plan He foresaw in His providence.  We have a role to play in God’s plan.  We have work to do.

When we dedicate ourselves to fulfilling our part in God’s plan according to our vocations, whatever they may be in our own circumstances, God will give us every actual grace we need to do His will and come to our perpetual reward in heaven.

He gives us the work, the grace and the glory.  The harder the times and work, the greater the honor and glory.

With our wounded nature, our disordered passions and appetites, it is hard to understand that the work we do in life is a manifestation of both present grace and anticipated glory.

As an early American preacher once said,

“grace is but glory begun, and glory is but grace perfected”.

Put another way, God gives us the work and then He makes our hands strong enough for the task.  The achievement is therefore both His and truly ours.

As St. Augustine says, God crowns His own merits in us.

And, finally, don’t forget the Prayer For The Conversion Of The Fishwrap.  It’s always linked on the top “header” menu.

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  1. Dan Millette says:

    Very well said, Father. Thank you.
    For those interested, you can have a candle lit at St. Joseph’s Oratory in Montreal. While the upper basilica was not finished before the scourge of modernism took control, the lower cript and candle room have a very peaceful and prayerful atmosphere. St. Joseph answers many prayers from the pilgrims there, including my own! Here is the link:

  2. Glennonite says:

    A question, sir. At the beginning of the Act of Consecration to the Chaste Heart of St. Joseph, we pray: O Virgin Spouse of God…

    It is obvious that Our Lady is the Spouse of the Holy Spirit, and St. Joseph is the foster father of God (Jesus) and spouse of the Mother of God, but in what sense is St. Joseph the “Spouse of God”?

    Thank you, Father.

  3. Semper Gumby says:

    Thank you Fr. Z for these St. Joseph posts.

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