Patris Corde 6a: A Working Father

Pope Francis looks at the working father:

An aspect of Saint Joseph that has been emphasized from the time of the first social Encyclical, Pope Leo XIII’s Rerum Novarum, is his relation to work. Saint Joseph was a carpenter who earned an honest living to provide for his family. From him, Jesus learned the value, the dignity and the joy of what it means to eat bread that is the fruit of one’s own labor.

It was in 1955, during the time of Pope Pius XII that the observance of Joseph the Worker was introduced to the liturgical calendar, a union with the holiday of May 1st as International Worker’s Day.

Work is an issue for today, and so it falls under the patronage of Joseph of Nazareth

In our own day, when employment has once more become a burning social issue, and unemployment at times reaches record levels even in nations that for decades have enjoyed a certain degree of prosperity, there is a renewed need to appreciate the importance of dignified work, of which Saint Joseph is an exemplary patron.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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