Saturday. Chore day!

I don't know about you, but there are times when I can't stand work. Whether I'm doing dishes, folding laundry, or cleaning out my chickens' pens, there are so many things I'd rather be doing - writing, reading, playing outside, swimming, emailing, algebra. Okay, maybe not algebra. But in any case, chores are a botheration and a bore, a trial and a trouble, and I'm glad to be done with them.

If I saw things as I should see them, though, that wouldn't be the case. Work is hard, but it can also be beautiful! The Catechism says, "Work honors the Creator's gifts and the talents received from him. It can also be redemptive. By enduring the hardship of work in union with Jesus, the carpenter of Nazareth and the one crucified on Calvary, man collaborates in a certain fashion with the Son of God in his redemptive work" (CCC 2427).

Even Jesus had to work. Sometimes thoughts like that help me see things in a different light. Chores don't have to be drudgery - they can be a gift, one of the many tanglewebs of life in which we see God's glory, and a way for us to grow closer to our Savior.

Here is a prayer to St. Joseph the worker which is especially beautiful. I found it quite thought-provoking and helpful, and hope you will, too!

 O Glorious St. Joseph, model of all who are devoted to labor, obtain for me the grace to work in the spirit of penance in expiation of my many sins; to work conscientiously by placing love of duty above my inclinations; to gratefully and joyously deem it an honor to employ and to develop by labor the gifts I have received from God, to work methodically, peacefully, and in moderation and patience, without ever shrinking from it through weariness or difficulty to work; above all, with purity of intention and unselfishness, having unceasingly before my eyes death and the account I have to render time lost, talents unused, good not done, and vain complacency in success, so baneful to the work of God. All for Jesus, all for Mary, all to imitate thee, O Patriarch St. Joseph! This shall be my motto for life and eternity. Amen.


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