Prayer to St. Joseph

O glorious St. Joseph, model of all those who are devoted to labor, obtaining from me the grace to work conscientiously, putting the call of duty above my natural inclinations to work with gratitude and joy and a spirit of penance for the remission of my sins, considering it an honor to employ and develop by means of labor the gifts received from God, to work with order, peace, moderation and patience, without ever shrinking from weariness and difficulties, to work about all with purity of intention and detachment from self, having always death before my eyes and the account that 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 through Mary, all after thine example O Patriarch, St. Joseph.  Such shall be my watch word in life and in death.  Amen

~ Pope St. Pious X