Today is the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker. Commemorated on the 1st of May every year (at least until the USCCB gets wind of a feast happening on a fixed and predictable day), Pope Pius XII instituted this feast in 1955. It is and was a strike at the false notion of work promulgated by socialists, and ultimately Marxists, all of whom, in my opinion were new faces for the same tired errors of Baruch Spinosa and Hegel. There is no doubt that May 1 has been a day targeted by socialist movements. You might be surprised to realize that it started right here in America, in 1886. Gatherings were organized across the country for May 1st to demonstrate in favor or workers’ rights.
Leave it to Chicago: Controversy began when there was a bombing at the Chicago gathering followed up by a riot — the “Haymarket Affair.” Of note today, the wild reaction of people to this attack was that Germans came under suspicion. From that wikipedia article is this report:
The entire labor and immigrant community, particularly Germans and Bohemians, came under suspicion. Casting legal requirements such as search warrants aside, Chicago police squads subjected the labor activists of Chicago to an eight-week shakedown, ransacking their meeting halls and places of business, arresting scores of suspects, many only remotely related to the Haymarket agitation or violence.
It sounds, in many ways, a lot like events of today. There was even bomb discussions in the public. This picture, from the Wikipedia page, shows the so-called “Lingg Bomb.”
The undertone of the whole incident, though, was worker’s rights. Workers were treated like chattel. Some groups like the anarchists and socialists purported to have an answer, but they were really pushing their errors as a solution to the errors of which they complained. The people gathered were gathered for a peaceful strike… on May 1st. Chicago was only the beginning of the workers’ movements’ (read: socialists) focus on May 1.
In 1889, on the 100th anniversary of the French Revolt, Second International declared May 1 to be International Worker’s day. The first actual day was celebrated in 1890, on the fifth anniversary of the Haymarket Affair.
A few years later, in 1895, a full-fledged protest march of unemployed workers, known as Coxey’s Army marched on Washington D.C. It even called itself The Army of the Commonweal in Christ. They had legitimate grievances — the economic policies were feeding a nationwide depression. Some of the protestors were arrested for walking on the grass of the Capital. Military force was used to stop some other protestors who commandeered a train. While they weren’t necessarily socialists, they helped solidify May 1 as a day for worker rights.
In 1925, the All China Federation of Trade Unions (the largest trade union in the world) was founded on May 1. This organization was a putative answer to “helping the laborers” and was meant to be a group in favor of the worker. Chiang Kai-Sheck didn’t agree and caused limits on their extent as well as established competing trade unions. Ultimately, Communist China reinstated the ACFTU, which today is alleged as acting contrary to workers interests and as a monopoly for work.
The Soviets established May 1 as a holiday and would have grand marches. The Soviet system was also putatively to help the worker. We all know how well that worked.
America was so confused in response to the Soviets that for a number of years May 1 was known a “Americanization Day.”
Today, there is a EuroMayDay celebrated on May 1. Ostensibly yet another movement in place to help workers, it has had the motto: “precarious people of the world let’s unite and strike 4 a free, open, radical Europe.” Putting the language aside and looking at the promoters, there is something more going on on May 1 — a radical Europe? Only in communist terms does that make sense as an answer to worker strife.
Have any of these movements really helped the worker? I’d say no, not really.
What else happens on May 1? May 1 is a pagan festival, too. When I say “pagan,” in this concept, I think it would be fair to say satanic. In fact, one look at the naked people painted red with ritualized dancing and drum beating at the Beltane Fire Festival and Beltane and it’s apparent on its face. The second link includes information for wiccans and “neopagans” who mark May 1 as the halfway point between equinoxes, and have these bonfires.
Starting last year and again this year, the group calling itself “Anonymous” posted a call to riot in general. They call for a general strike to, among other things, “take back the commons.” The entire message sounds pretty radical:
We are Anonymous. We hereby call forth this May 1st a Global Day Of Resistance. We call upon every person in the world, every city or town, every country; Unite, rise up – and take back the public commons from the oppressors. March in your streets, occupy public space – be free and reclaim your world. And stay. Become part of a world-wide “Global Spring”.
Is it just me, or is there a real sense of revolution surrounding May 1? Look at the posters and call to action for Anonymous on this site (or take my word for it — the poster for Chicago this year is a blast from a Soviet revolution poster. Radical revolution, perhaps, the kind advocated by Alinsky, author of Rules for Radicals which is his book dedicated to Lucifer. By the way, Karl Marx wrote poems dedicating himself to Lucifer, too.
According to the Marxists, May Day is their thing. So, if the Marxists are right, then May 1 really is a day for Luciferian protests, pagan rites, and general mayhem. Hell. Given that communism is born of hell, it would also appear that their seditious paths of radical protest really are the roads to hell.
Only in 1955 did Pius XII create a good response: Saint Joseph. Not only was St. Joseph an ideal worker — he is the “Terror of Demons.”
Not only does St. Joseph terrorize demons, but he appears to be a greater remedy than merely for communist revolts of old — his relevance permeates today. Says Fr. Hardon on the problems for which St. Joseph is an answer:
If there was one fact of our Christian faith which needs to be stressed today it is the need for a father in the family. At the center of the social revolution today is the attack on men, as husbands and fathers of families. Behind this revolution is the philosophy of Karl Marx. According to Marx, families are the invention of dictating males who created, what we call the family, in order to dominate women in human society.
The result has been disastrous. Most of the laboring force in America is women. Feminism is an epidemic that our popes tell us will destroy family life. Abortions are only the most tragic consequence of this plague. [meaning there are more consequences]
The rest of that link has great stuff by Fr. Hardon on fatherhood. I quote it here to point out that the link between St. Joseph and the May day fiasco is broader than merely being a worker. At the center of workers is the father and the family. It should require no elaboration by me here to point out the attacks on families, workers, and fathers.
Let’s take Pius XII’s feast and pray for the intercession of St. Joseph!
Pope Leo XIII saw the rise of May 1 and the connection of St. Joseph to workers, fathers, and as a cure for “Seditious men.” (syn. radical communist revolutionaries) Said Pope Leo XIII in Quamquam Pluries:
Through these considerations, the poor and those who live by the labour of their hands should be of good heart and learn to be just. If they win the right of emerging from poverty and obtaining a better rank by lawful means, reason and justice uphold them in changing the order established, in the first instance, for them by the Providence of God. But recourse to force and struggles by seditious paths to obtain such ends are madnesses which only aggravate the evil which they aim to suppress. Let the poor, then, if they would be wise, trust not to the promises of seditious men, but rather to the example and patronage of the Blessed Joseph[.]
Against seditious paths, neopagans, evil, demons, and radical revolutions: Saint Joseph, pray for us!