|St Cajetan holding the Christ Child, Sta Catalina, Seville|
O Glorious St. Cajetan, shining model of virtue and ornament of the Priesthood, you rejected the corruption amongst the clergy of your time, your only concern being for the poor and abandoned who you brought to God through teaching them the prayers of the Holy Rosary and through devotion to the Saints. You were truly a spiritual shepherd, and all your concern was focused on the salvation of souls. But as well as caring for their souls, you also were concerned with the temporal necessities of your flock, seeking to lift them out of their poverty, not just by feeding them but also helping them gain a dignified living by work. Look upon us with pity, O glorious saint, we have many unemployed people in our midst and their families go hungry. We ask you to guide all who are looking for work, especially fathers and mothers. Amen
O Glorious St Cajetan, Father of Divine Providence, help all those who are unemployed, who search for employment and who fear for their jobs, lead them towards what they are looking for and pray for us all that we may be courageous in the face of adversity
|In any suffering or pain we are never alone!|
Loving Father, you who rejoices in both our work and our play,
I come before You, unemployed, afraid, and shaken in my trust.
When I lose courage and hope while searching for work, be my rock of safety.
When I find it hard to believe in my talents, revive in me an appreciation of the gifts You have given to each of us.
When I begin to doubt my worth, help me to remember that I do not need to earn Your love.
When our fears take hold and start to overwhelm us, let us find comfort in Your care for us and for those we love.
Thank You for all those who continue to support and encourage us during this difficult time.
May it bring us closer to one another and to You.