Gracious and loving God,

You know our need for meaningful work. Send Your Holy Spirit to guide those who are searching for employment. Help them to recognize the gifts and talents You have given them. Deepen their desire to follow Your will.

Inspire them as they contact potential employers. Give them patience as they wait for responses. Shelter them from feelings of rejection. Protect them from discouragement. Give them courage to overcome fear. Shower on them the graces they need to persevere.

Let this time of searching become an opportunity to grow in faith, to cultivate the virtue of hope, and to experience Your healing love.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.


Dear Saint Joseph,

You were yourself faced with the responsibility of providing the necessities of life for Jesus and Mary. Look down with fatherly compassion upon us in our anxiety with our present inability to support our families.

Please help us find gainful employment very soon, so that this great burden of concern will be lifted from our hearts, and that we are soon able to provide for those whom God has entrusted to our care. Help us to guard against discouragement, so that we may emerge from this trial spiritually enriched and with even greater blessing from God.


Prayers for the Unemployed

My Lord God,

I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think that I am following YOUR will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please YOU does in fact please YOU. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that if I do this, YOU will lead me to the right road even though I may know nothing about the time, distance, or destination.

I will trust YOU always even though I live under the shadow of a job loss or a future termination. I will bask in the sunshine of YOUR gifts that I possess and not focus on what I and my family do not have. My thanksgiving is to acknowledge both the gifts and YOU, the GIVER.

I am a personal gift from GOD. What I am is GOD’S gift to me; what I become is my own personal gift to GOD. I will be judged on who I am, rather than work I have done. I personally thank YOU for abundantly showering multiple rainbows upon me and my family.

I have faith in Your sweeping Divine Providence,YOUR Divine Design, and YOUR Panavision in my lifetime, and not in my narrow near – sighted tunnel vision. During my splintered times, I wonder if I am coming or going, just remaining numb and motionless or on automatic pilot. Help me not to fear the future, but trust that YOU will never leave me and my family to utter frustration.


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