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Monthly Reflection by
Fr. Augustine Vallooran VC
"Behold, I make all things new“(Rev 21:5)

- Fr. Augustine Vallooran VC

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Saint Joseph's Prayer for Conformity to the Will of God

(Throughout the Gospels, Saint Joseph remains silent, but his actions speak louder than words. He lives his life in service to Christ and the Blessed Virgin Mary, in perfect conformity to the will of God. We ask Saint Joseph to pray for us, so that we, too, may live the lives that God wills us to live.)

Great St. Joseph, to whose will the Saviour subjected Himself, obtain for me the grace to subject myself in all things to the will of God. Through the merits you obtained when in the darkness of night you obeyed the angel's commands, ask for me this grace, that nothing may detain me from fulfilling the will of God with perfect conformity. In the stable of Bethlehem, on the flight to Egypt, you recommended yourself and those dear to you to divine Providence. Ask for me this same grace to conform myself to the will of God in discouragement and despondency, in health and sickness, in happiness and misfortune, in success and failure so that nothing may disturb the tranquillity of my soul in obediently following the way of God for me. Amen.


A Prayer for Workers
(This beautiful prayer was composed by Blessed Pope John XXIII (1958-63). It places all workers under the patronage of Saint Joseph the Worker, and asks for his intercession so that we may regard our work as a means of growing in holiness)
O glorious Joseph! Who concealed your incomparable and regal dignity of custodian of Jesus and of the Virgin Mary under the humble appearance of a craftsman and provided for them with your work, protect with loving power your sons, especially entrusted to you. You know their anxieties and sufferings, because you yourself experienced them at the side of Jesus and of His Mother. Do not allow them, oppressed by so many worries, to forget the purpose for which they were created by God. Do not allow the seeds of distrust to take hold of their immortal souls. Remind all the workers that in the fields, in factories, in mines, and in scientific laboratories, they are not working, rejoicing, or suffering alone, but at their side is Jesus, with Mary, His Mother and ours, to sustain them, to dry the sweat of their brow, giving value to their toil. Teach them to turn work into a very high instrument of sanctification as you did. Amen.
Prayer for Fidelity to Work
(Sometimes, it's hard to convince ourselves to do the work that we need to do. Seeing a spiritual purpose in that work can help. This prayer to Saint Joseph, patron saint of workers, helps us call to mind that all of our labour is, in fact, part of our struggle on the road to heaven)
Glorious St. Joseph, model of all who are devoted to labour, 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 honour to employ and develop, by means of labour, 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.

 
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