Novena to Saint Cajetan


Cajetan was ordained priest in 1516. He left the papal court and dedicated himself entirely to the service of the Lord. With his own hands he cared for the sick. Such zeal did he show for the salvation of his fellowmen that he was surnamed the "huntsman for souls."

St. Cajetan often prayed eight hours daily. While attending the Christmas celebration at St. Mary of the Crib, he is said to have been given the grace of receiving from Mary the Child Jesus into his arms.

St. Cajetan founded in 1524 a community of priests who were to lead an apostolic life. They were to look with disdain all earthly belongings, to accept no salaries from the faithful; only from that which was freely donated were they allowed to retain the means of livelihood.

He founded a bank to help the poor and offer an alternative to usurers (loan sharks). It later became the Bank of Naples. His concern for the unemployed, giving them the necessary financial help in their time of need, made him their patron. His feast is celebrated on August 7.


Novena to St. Cajetan

O glorious St. Cajetan, you studied to be a lawyer, but when you felt that the Lord was calling you to his service, you abandoned everything and became a priest. You excelled in virtues, shunning all material rewards for your labor, helping the many unemployed people of your time. You provided loans without interest and you attracted a lot of benefactors who donated to your resources so that you could go on with your activities. Look on us with mercy. We wish to find employment that could help us and our families live with dignity. Listen to our petitions, dear saint; you, who could easily give up the food on your table for the needy, bring our petitions to Jesus. Amen  

Prayers of Intercession:

Loving Father, in praying for the unemployed we think especially of those who through no fault of their own have lost their jobs and are now searching for other work for the sake of their families.

May they not grow despondent or come to regard themselves as useless.

We pray St. Cajetan, hear our prayer.

The fear of unemployment looms around my life and my soul. The work that provides my livelihood and makes it possible for me to care for those I love is now absent. I worry that I won't be able to find another job.

I worry that I won't be able to do what gives me meaning. I worry that with so many out of work, my search for a new position will be useless. Most of all, I worry that I will become hopeless in this world.

Please let me trust in your endless and abundant provision. Remind me that your caring eye is upon me and that heaven's hand and heart are open wide to my need. Fill me with the hope that alone will help me through this time of difficulty and lead me to new work that fills my heart with joy.

We pray St. Cajetan, hear our prayer.

Loving Father, you who rejoices in both our work and our play, we come before you, unemployed, afraid, and shaken in my trust.

When we lose courage and hope while searching for work, be our rock of safety.

When we find it hard to believe in my talents, revive in us an appreciation of the gifts you have given to each of us.

When we begin to doubt our worth, help us 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 somehow bring us closer to one another and to you.

We pray St. Cajetan, hear our prayer.

We pray for the courage to do your will while we seek employment. We ask that you keep us calm and patient so that we may know your will for each of us.

We pray for the strength to keep our motivations high during this journey. We ask for the determination to keep moving forward to do my part of this search.

We pray that we maintain a continued faith that God will move the mountains that might be in front of us.

We pray for ceaseless hope as we interact with others in the world. We trust that God is with us during all my interactions with employment concerns.

We pray St. Cajetan, hear our prayer.

Closing Prayer:

You wanted all who are weary to come to You for support.
Lord, I am worn out by my inability to find work.
Guide my steps to a righteous path; give me the patience to find opportunities with a future.
Calm my worries and fears as my financial responsibilities mount.
Strengthen my resolve; embolden my heart to open doors;
Open my eyes to see life beyond rejections.
Help me believe in me.
Let me realize other ways to bring about Your kingdom on earth.
Let me grow as a person that I may be worthy for Your greater glory.




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