Today is the feast of Saint Joseph, the Worker. I posted the following essay before, but it is still relevant.
Are you a creative person? Perhaps you think that creativity is just for painters, poets, musicians, actors, and the like. But, truly, all of us are creative if we make things. Chefs, including parents, create nutritious meals for example. Children construct sandcastles, design pictures, and devise stories about their adventures. My husband manufactured pharmaceuticals, like TamiFlu. By contributing to this blog I am forming prose. While not all of our creations may be stunningly original, they are a participation in the creative activity of our God who blessed us with a variety of gifts and gave us intelligence and will.
Today, we Catholics honor Saint Joseph the Worker, who was known to be a carpenter, and who taught his trade to Jesus. Imagine what the two of them made in their little workshop in Nazareth!
This day highlights the dignity of labor. It honors anyone who works. Also, with this challenging economy, let’s honor those who have lost work through no fault of their own, and who struggle to make ends meet, and who are desperately searching for employment. May Saint Joseph intercede on their behalf.
The website, Franciscan Media, highlights, Saint Joseph the Worker as their Saint of the Day.
Apparently in response to the “May Day” celebrations for workers sponsored by Communists, Pius XII instituted the feast of St. Joseph the Worker in 1955. But the relationship between Joseph and the cause of workers has a longer history.
In a constantly necessary effort to keep Jesus from being removed from ordinary human life, the Church has from the beginning proudly emphasized that Jesus was a carpenter, obviously trained by Joseph in both the satisfactions and the drudgery of that vocation. Humanity is like God not only in thinking and loving, but also in creating. Whether we make a table or a cathedral, we are called to bear fruit with our hands and mind, ultimately for the building up of the Body of Christ.”
Read more here.
I also found a job service center named in honor of St. Joseph the Worker. Their mission:
Our mission is to assist homeless, low-income and other disadvantaged individuals in their efforts to become self-sufficient through permanent, full-time employment.”