In a constantly necessary effort to keep Jesus from being removed from ordinary human life, the Church has from the beginning proudly emphasized that Jesus was a carpenter, obviously trained by Joseph in both the satisfactions and the drudgery of that vocation. Humanity is like God not only in thinking and loving, but also in creating. Whether we make a table or a cathedral, we are called to bear fruit with our hands and mind, ultimately for the building up of the Body of Christ.
Lord of all eagerness, Lord of all faith
Whose strong hands were skilled at the
Plane and the lathe.
Be there at our labors and give us we pray,
Your strength in our hearts Lord,
at the noon of the day.
- Happy Feast of St. Joseph the Worker!
Artwork by Erin Sohler Jeffries