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O Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I offer You my prayers, works, joys, and sufferings of this day in union with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass throughout the world.
This month we honor Saint Joseph the Worker, a man who silently worked everyday, doing what he could to support the Holy Family. It reminds us of the dignity of our own work and how it can be a worthy offering to God, no matter how mundane the work can be.
Pope Francis has spoken often about the dignity of work and of its sacredness. He explained during a General Audience in 2015 the importance of seeing the goodness in work and stressed how governments need to provide more opportunities for people to find honest occupations.
“Work — I repeat, in its many forms — is proper to the human person. It expresses the dignity of being created in the image of God. Thus, it is said that work is sacred. And thus, managing one’s occupation is a great human and social responsibility, which cannot be left in the hands of the few or unladen onto some divinized ‘market.’ Causing the loss of jobs means causing serious harm to society. It makes me sad to see people without work, who don’t find work and don’t have the dignity of bringing bread home. And I rejoice greatly when I see governments go to great lengths to find jobs and try to see to it that everyone has work. Work is sacred, work gives dignity to a family. We have to pray that no family is left without work.”
Increasing unemployment is a great challenge of humanity, one that is present in almost every country of the world. Let us remember this month the great dignity of work and offer up our own work for the glory of God. May we also do what we can to alleviate the burdens of our brothers and sisters who are without work and console them in their present suffering.
- Philip Kosloski
Writer and Content Manager
The Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network (USA)