Prayer to St. Joseph for Success in Work

Updated: May 5

The Feast of St. Joseph the Worker is an ideal time to contemplate the beauty and dignity of work. How do you glorify God through your work?

While working on the layout and design of my first book Theology of the Body Rosary Meditations with my friend Mike Fontecchio at Faith and Family Productions, I recall Mike beginning our weekly phone meetings with a beautiful Prayer to Saint Joseph for Success in Work. One of my favorite lines in the prayer is "to work, above all, with purity of intention, and with detachment from self". I keep the prayer on my desktop as a reminder to dedicate my work to God at the start of each day. I've posted the prayer below and pray that you are blessed by it as I have been.


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 many sins; to work with thankfulness and joy, considering it an honor to employ and develop, by means of labor, the gifts received from God; to work with order, peace, prudence and patience, never surrendering to weariness or difficulties; to work, above all, with purity of intention, and with detachment from self, having always death before my eyes and the account which 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 for Mary, all after thy example, O Patriarch Joseph. Such shall be my motto in life and death. Amen.

St. Joseph, pray for us!

Debbie Staresinic is the author of two sets of Rosary meditations inspired by St. John Paul II. Her most recent book On a Mission to Love Rosary Meditations for Children and Families was written with Catholic schools and families in mind. The optional decade a day format helps cultivate the important habit of praying the Rosary daily while instilling the truths about the human person as revealed by Jesus in the Gospel. The book is also available as a gift set which includes a beautiful children’s rosary.