Sunday, August 9, 2009

My Work Ethic at Home

We arrived early to Mass yesterday morning and after saying my prayers I decided to open up the Missalette. I started in the back to see what prayers were inside and I immediately focused on the prayer to St. Joseph.

In my previous post I talked about needing help to get through my work week. Some of the things I need help with at work are: not getting frustrated or loosing my patience so easily with those I work with & some I don't, but in the world of workers comp it's sometimes hard to avoid. I also tend to be too particular about clutter, I can't handle working in even a semi-unorganized environment, it makes me crazy. Everything must be in its place!! Not everyone I work with feels the same way, so I find myself in a crazy state most of the time. Even so, I still have lots of fun at work. However, my work ethic (at work) is not lacking & never has.

Now as for my work ethic at home, that isn't always so great. When it comes to house work, I am a major procrastinator. Anything else that comes up is always more important than dishes, laundry, etc. Which is why this particular prayer stood out so much.

This prayer to St. Joseph is a powerful one, and I plan on posting it somewhere I will see it everyday.

Prayer for the Spirit of Work Glorious St. Joseph, model of all who pass their life in labor, obtain for me the grace to work in a spirit of penance to atone for my many sins; to work conscientiously, putting the call of duty above my own inclinations; to work with gratitude and joy, considering it an honor to use and develop by my labor the gifts I have received from God; to work with order, peace, moderation, and patience, without ever recoiling before weariness or difficulties. Help me to work, above all, with purity of intention and with detachment from self, having always before my eyes the hour of death and the accounting which I must render of time lost, talents wasted, good omitted,and vain complacency in success, which is so fatal to the work of God. All for Jesus, all for Mary, all after your example, O Patriarch Joseph! This shall be my watchword in life and in death.


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P.S. I have the same problem when I am working. Everything needs to be completely organized before I start or I get nothing done.

Brooke H. said...

Argh! I know exactly what you mean, because I'm the same way. I love being home full-time for now, but sometimes I just don't want to clean the toilet! lol

I am going to print out a copy of that prayer as well. I'm sure it will do both of us much good. ;)

Kelly said...

Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this. What a lovely prayer. I've never seen that one before. I'm coping it and printing it out. God bless!

Aunt Laura said...

I think i will be printing this when i get home too. I know exactly how you feel.

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