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Feast of St. Joseph the Worker

Today is not only International Worker's Day, but also the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker. It is a day calling upon us to recognize the value of human work and to defend the dignity of all working people.

Leanne Kloppenborg, a staff member of the Sisters’ wrote the following reflection:
 
In these times of pandemic, we are called to follow in the footsteps of St. Joseph – to be patient in the face of almost daily changes, to be persistent in our commitment to physical distancing, and to be courageous in these stressful and uncertain times.
 
By his life, he challenges us also to work hard for the common good – to not give up but rather to take on the current challenges with grace and compassion. 
 
In the Maxims that the Sisters have, #55 says “Serve others unselfishly with no thought of reward,” and I think that applied very directly to St. Joseph, and now to each of us.
 
We may not personally see the fruits of staying the course, but yet we are called to continue down this path of physical distancing, frequent hand-washing and all the other precautions to limit the spread of COVID-19.
 
In many ways, St. Joseph can be the saint for our times, with his quiet determination and steadfast commitment to serving others. We can pray that we can have hearts like St. Joseph’s, full of compassion for each other. 
 
Father Peter McKenna of Becoming Neighbours and a friend to the Sisters also wrote the following message:
 
To all of our dear CSJ friends,
 
As you know, May 1 is not only International Worker's Day, but also the feast of St. Joseph the Worker. It is a day calling upon us to recognize the value of human work and to defend the dignity of all working people and this epitomizes my experience of you, all that is best about the CSJ charism and spirituality:
 
"Heart open to receive, eyes always open, ears attentive, spirit alert and sleeves rolled up for ministry always in response 'to our dear neighbour.'"
 
For May 1, we will offer our community Eucharist for the Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto and their Associates, that each one of you may experience God's love encircling you and with you during these challenging days.
 
May the tender loving spirit of St. Joseph continue to animate all that you are about.
 
Sent in the spirit of St. Joseph the Worker,
 
Father Peter McKenna, Becoming Neighbours

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