Saint Joan of the Cross (1666-1736)
for August 17
Saint Joan was born in 1666 in France. Her parents owned a small business, which she took over upon their deaths. In her business dealings, Joan was notorious for her greed and heartlessness to beggars and the poor. However, Joan's demeanor changed when she met a ragged old women who claimed that she was on close terms with God. After this meeting, Joan became a new person, showing compassion for the poor, the disadvantaged, and the sick. She closed her business so that she could dedicate all of her time to helping others. Joan started many religious houses, schools, and hospitals. She took on the name Joan of the Cross, and was canonized in 1982.
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There is no domain in our lives beyond the reach of our faith. It sometimes seems that our religion and our work do not readily intersect. Although our work may not directly relate to our faith, we must not forget that even our work must be infused with our Christian ideals. Saint Joan reminds us that, regardless of our work, we are to devote it to God. How can you more fully incorporate the virtues of Christianity into your daily work?
Dear Jesus, help me to recognize that you love me so deeply that you want to be an active participant in all domains of my life. Help me to include you in all that I do.