Prayer to St. Homobonus

(Patron of Business)

Beloved and Charitable St. Homobonus

Your Honesty and Good Will served your community and the Lord well.

Help me follow your example and not give in to TemptaƟons of Greed and Easy Shortcuts that wound others.

I ask for guidance in my work, so that I may prosper by choosing virtue over avarice.

From “The Lives of the Saints” and excerpt from the bull of his canonization in A.D. 1197 by Pope Innocent III.
“This St. Homobonus experienced by his unexpected success in his business, which, under the divine blessing, was also owing to his economy, care, and industry. His business he looked upon as an employment given him by God, and he pursued it with diligence upon the motive of obedience to the divine law, and of justice to himself, his family, and the commonwealth, of which he thus approved himself a useful member. If a tradesman’s books be not well kept, if there be not order and regularity in the whole conduct of his business, if he do not give his mind seriously to it, with assiduous attendance, he neglects an essential duty, and is unworthy to bear the name of a Christian. Homobonus is a saint by acquitting himself diligently, upon perfect motives of virtue and religion, of all the obligations of his profession.”

As Pope Francis exhorts us to remember in Evangelii Gaudium, 203. “Business is – in fact – a vocation, and a noble vocation, provided that those engaged in it see themselves challenged by a greater meaning in life. This will enable them truly to serve the common good by striving to increase the goods of this world and to make them more accessible to all.”

When things get tough at work, as they inevitably do, say a quick prayer to Saint Homobonus and ask for the strength, wisdom, courage and self-control to carry on!