Saint Joseph the Worker
Every day St. Joseph had to provide for the family’s needs with hard manual work. Thus the Church rightly points to him as the patron of workers.
Today’s is also a wonderful occasion to reflect on the importance of work in the life of the human person, the family and the community.
The human being is the subject and the primary agent of work, and in the light of this truth, we can clearly perceive the fundamental connection between the person, work and society.
Human activity – the Second Vatican Council recalls – proceeds from the human person and is ordered to the person.
According to God’s design and will, it must serve the true good of humanity and allow “man as an individual and as a member of society to cultivate and carry out his integral vocation” (cf. Gaudium et spes, n. 35).
In order to fulfil this mission, a “tested spirituality of human work” must be cultivated that is firmly rooted in the “Gospel of work” and believers are called to proclaim and to witness to the Christian meaning of work in their many activities and occupations (cf. Laborem exercens, n. 26).
May St. Joseph, such a great and humble saint be an example that inspires Christian workers, who should call on him in every circumstance.
Today I wish to entrust to the provident guardian of the Holy Family of Nazareth the young people who are training for their future profession, the unemployed, and those who are suffering from the hardship of the shortage of employment, families and the whole world of work, with the expectations and challenges, the problems and prospects that characterize it.
(John Paul II – General audience, Solemnity of Saint Joseph, Wednesday, 19 March 2003)
(SOURCE: Libreria Editrice Vaticana)