In Praise of a Carpenter

Saint Joseph the Worker and Christ

O Glorious St. Joseph, model of all those who are devoted to labor, obtain for me the grace to work conscientiously, putting the call of duty above my natural inclinations, to work with gratitude and joy, in 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 above 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.

Pope Saint Pius X

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  1. Another beautiful painting about which I know nothing. Don, you are running 2 out of 3 for me in this department (I knew about Ciseri’s Ecce Homo but not Tanner’s The Annunciation. OK, who painted this one?

  2. I did a quick image search on Yahoo and came up with the following: The painting is entitled, “Father and Son,” and was executed by contemporary artist Corbert Gauthier. You can view more of his work and a biographical sketch at There are several evangelical publishing houses on his client list, as well as the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

  3. One of the most overlooked powerhouse of intercessors, Saint Joseph. One of five sons was in his fathers room at the home where I’m employed. The dad is on his death bed.

    The son called me over and asked if there was anything else we could do.
    I said yes. St. Joesph. We both knelt down and the Spirit of God beckoned;

    “Dear St. Joseph. You we’re privileged to have the Son of God and your chaste spouse Mary ever virgin at your death bed to comfort you and pray to the Father for a peaceful entry into Gods Kingdom. We beckon you now, on behalf of ________ that you will ask Jesus and Mary to come to this bedside, and grant the same privilege to our dear loved one in this his time in need.
    All for the greater glory of God.”

    The lone son thanked me as I started to rise off my knees. As I walked out the doorway I heard “Phil! Come here.”
    I looked over at the son as his father gave up the ghost. The power of St. Joseph. It is true. Call on St. Joseph. He will never disappoint.

    May this help you to help others.

  4. I took a photo of main street in our little town. My intention was to paint a picture of Saint Joseph coming to town help us. I needed a photo to look at so I could paint. This was a form of a prayer for me- asking him to come help because we, like many other prairie towns had fallen on hard times, losing population and businesses.
    I took the photo so I could paint my votive painting, but put the disposable camera down and didn’t get it processed for months cause I was just too busy. When we got the photos back finally, we were reminded of the prayer. The photo shows a light that looks like a human figure coming down main street. That little town has been blessed with jobs and business ever since.

  5. Anzlyne.

    God is SO good to us.
    His generosity is unsurpassed.
    Thanks for sharing the grace you received. Kisses from above!

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