O Glorious Saint Joseph,
model of all those who are devoted to labor,
obtain for me the grace to work in a spirit of penance
for the expiation of my many sins;
to work conscientiously,
putting the call of duty above my natural inclinations;
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, moderation, and patience,
never shrinking from weariness and trials;
to work above all with purity of intention
and detachment from self,
keeping unceasingly before my eyes death
and the account that I must give of time lost,
talents unused, good omitted,
and vain complacency in success,
so fatal to the work of God.
All for Jesus, all through Mary,
all after thy example, O Patriarch, Saint Joseph.
Such shall be my watch-word in life and in death.