OF THE UNEMPLOYED TO ST. JOSEPH
O St. Joseph, we pray to you for those who are out of work, for those who want to earn their living or support their families.
You who are the patron of workers grant that unemployment may vanish from our ranks; that all those who are ready to work may put their strength and abilities in serving their fellowmen and earn a just salary.
You are the patron of families; do not let those who have children to support and raise lack the necessary means. Have pity on our brothers and sisters held down in unemployment and poverty because of sickness or social disorders. Help our political leaders and captains of industry find new and just solutions. May each and every one have the joy of contributing, according to his abilities, to the common prosperity by an honorable livelihood. Grant that we may all share together in the abundant goods God has given us and that we may help underprivileged countries. Amen.
PAINTING BY ARISTIDES ARTAL (SEVILLA). The painting is found in the Iglesia del Señor San José (Seville, Spain).