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St. Joseph, A Model Of Holiness In Life

St. Joseph the Carpenter
Georges de La Tour
Via Wikipedia

This past week we celebrated the feast day of St. Joseph.  Contemplating his life we seek meaning to our existence and to the work that we do in our own life.  What can we learn from Joseph, whose hands worked for the upkeep of the Savior of the world?  In these days of frustration, this feast could well open doors in our mind to the value of ordinary work done for the Lord.  How many men think of holiness and goodness of life only in terms of what they do in church?  What happens outside of church walls seems divorced from God and salvation of the soul.  After years possibly of fruitless thinking about the little value of what we do in our life work, we may come to a plateau where we see that the things we do in Church are really continued in the life work we do outside.

We will use most of our waking hours at our work . . . housework and chores, driving a bus, teaching children, balancing our clients accounts, working for a dollar to bring home food.  Our outlook on these hours will determine much of our holiness.  In doing this work are we pleasing God?  Our work sanctifies us.  Our labor is our prayer.  Joseph knew the meaning of slivers and sawdust.  Customers would scold him for working too slow or what they thought was poor workmanship.  Yet the lamp in Joseph’s workshop went long into the night at times because there was food to put on the table, a roof to provide safety for the Child and His mother.  Joseph willingly undertook this work.  It became his staff of holiness, his claim to the reward of Heaven.  Christ intentionally chose a foster father like Joseph.  He knew that thousands and thousands of workers afterwards would look to Joseph for inspiration.

Joseph pushed and pulled.  There was nothing noteworthy about his work except that he did it for God.  It really doesn’t matter what work we perform, except that we labor in it for the honor of God.  In the dignity of our everyday work we will work out our salvation.  We should strive to see the worth in our day’s work.

Sometimes good intention-ed souls think that the time spent at their livelihood is pulling them away from the greatness of soul to which they have been called.  The time in Church seems to them the only time when their week is best employed for the good of their souls.  All of us must find our holiness of life in the daily work of our vocation.  Think of the hours that we spend at the work we do in life, so much more than the time spent in prayer at Church.  Whether it is over the office desk, on the floor on our knees, or leaning over an operating table, if we could see that these hours are the tools of our holiness, then perhaps our work would have more meaning.

Fr. George McKenna

March 23, 2019 - Posted by | Bulletins | , , ,


  1. Thank you for continuing Fr. McKenna’s words.

    Comment by Anonymous | March 23, 2019 | Reply

  2. Thank you for all your hard work on continuing to share Fr. George’s wisdom.

    Comment by Patty | March 23, 2019 | Reply

  3. Amen ❤️

    Comment by Anonymous | March 23, 2019 | Reply

  4. He always had such sage words of wisdom! I know how much Saint Joseph meant to him, I hope he and St. Joseph are having great conversations in heaven!

    Comment by Anonymous | March 23, 2019 | Reply

  5. St. Jospeh is my patron saint – and Fr. McKenna’s words bring his life to light. Thanks.

    Comment by barttimm | March 24, 2019 | Reply

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