Laboring like Joseph

Laboring like Joseph

By Reginald Falcotelo

On May 1, the entire country celebrates Labor Day. But May 1 is not only Labor Day, it is also the feast of Saint Joseph, the worker. St. Joseph is a special saint in the Catholic Church. All saints have only one feast day per year. St. Joseph has two. If you still remember, one is on March 19, Feast of Saint Joseph, as Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The other is May 1, Feast of Saint Joseph, the worker. This is why he is known to be the patron saint of workers.

Labor Day is more than just a day off work or the unofficial end of summer. It's a significant occasion to reflect on the contributions of workers across various industries and to acknowledge the ongoing struggles for fair labor practices and workers' rights.

On Labor Day, we are reminded of the immense sacrifices and efforts made by countless individuals throughout history to improve working conditions, secure better wages, and establish fundamental rights for workers. Labor Day serves as a reminder of the power of collective action and the importance of standing together in the face of adversity. It's a time to honor the achievements of labor activists, union leaders, and everyday workers who have fought tirelessly for social and economic justice.

Let us pray to Saint Joseph and offer the abuses in the labor sector. Saint Joseph, protect our workers, now and forever. Amen.

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