“From a Christian standpoint, we believe that labor can be sanctified through our willingness to engage in it–and, in the process, we can grow in holiness.” – by Scott Richert
Prayer for Fidelity to Work
Glorious St. Joseph, model of all who are devoted to labor, obtain for me the grace to work conscientiously, putting the call of duty above my natural inclinations; to work with gratitude and joy, considering it an honor to employ and develop, by means of labor, the gifts received from God, disregarding difficulties and weariness; to work, above all, with purity of intention and with detachment from self, having always before my eyes death, and the account which I must render of time lost, of talents wasted, of good omitted, of vain complacency in success, so fatal to the work of God. All for Jesus, all for Mary, all after your example, patriarch Joseph. This will be my watchword in life and in death. Amen.
Saint Thomas said, “Let us also go to die with him” (John 11:16b).
Poor Thomas! He made one remark and has been branded as “Doubting Thomas” ever since. But if he doubted, he also believed. He made what is certainly the most explicit statement of faith in the New Testament: “My Lord and My God!” (see John 20:24-28) and, in so expressing his faith, gave Christians a prayer that will be said till the end of time. He also occasioned a compliment from Jesus to all later Christians: “Have you come to believe because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed” (John 20:29).
Thomas should be known for his courage. Perhaps what he said was impetuous—since he ran, like the rest, at the showdown—but he can scarcely have been insincere when he expressed his willingness to die with Jesus. The occasion was when Jesus proposed to go to Bethany after Lazarus had died. Since Bethany was near Jerusalem, this meant walking into the very midst of his enemies and to almost certain death. Realizing this, Thomas said to the other apostles, “Let us also go to die with him” (John 11:16b).
Thomas shares the lot of Peter the impetuous, James and John, the “sons of thunder,” Philip and his foolish request to see the Father—indeed all the apostles in their weakness and lack of understanding. We must not exaggerate these facts, however, for Christ did not pick worthless men. But their human weakness again points up the fact that holiness is a gift of God, not a human creation; it is given to ordinary men and women with weaknesses; it is God who gradually transforms the weaknesses into the image of Christ, the courageous, trusting and loving one.
Authentic true power is service. Look at Saint Joseph.
“He was chosen by the eternal Father as the trustworthy guardian and protector of his greatest treasures, namely, his divine Son and Mary, Joseph’s wife. He carried out this vocation with complete fidelity until at last God called him, saying: ‘Good and faithful servant, enter into the joy of your Lord’”
-St. Bernardine of Siena
” Devotion to the Holy Spirit is bound up with devotion to the Sacred Heart. The Holy Spirit is, so to speak, the spiritual heart of God, his substantial love. The Holy Spirit formed the Sacred Heart of Jesus. It is his throne where he reigns as king. The Holy Spirit is also the gift of the Sacred Heart. It’s graces are won for us by the sufferings and merits of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The Sacred Heart of Jesus must reign within human souls and societies through the Holy Spirit.”
- Father Leo Dehon – Founder of the Priest of the Sacred Heart Of Jesus
And so we pray, come Holy Spirit Come from the Sacred Heart of Jesus and enlighten the hearts and minds of your church as we pray for a new pope. Amen.
“And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus” – Philippians 4:7
“Put the cross right in front of you. The son of God being put to death. Through the power of the resurrection, A love that is greater than anything that is in the world has been made manifest. There’s no power, no tragedy, nothing so horrific that the love of God doesn’t envelope it, conquer it, prove greater.” – Father Barron