Saint Baldomerus is the patron saint of locksmiths. He worked as a locksmith in Lyon, France and died c. 650 A.D. This oath, or code of ethics, is patterned after the Hippocratic Oath of the medical profession.
I do solemnly vow, to that which I value and hold most dear:
I make this vow freely and upon my honor.
“DO EVERYTHING FOR THE LOVE OF GOD AND HIS GLORY”
A MANUAL WORKER
“[On 27th February] one of the saints remembered by the Church is St Baldomerus. He lived in Lyons, France, in the 7th century. St Baldomerus was a simple man, very devout and frugal in his lifestyle. He worked with his hands as a locksmith. St Baldomerus was always aware of the needs of others and he gave away most of what he had to those less fortunate than himself. The Abbot of the nearby monastery of Saint-Just was so impressed with St Baldomerus that he made available to him one of the monastic cells so that he could spend time there in prayer. He died about the year 660, having gained a reputation for himself of simple piety and goodness.
GIVING GOD GLORY THROUGH DAILY WORK
St Baldomerus sets us a good example to follow. He was a simple tradesman who lived by working with his hands, not a priest or a religious. He did not seek fortune and fame but did the will of God through his work, sharing his wages and possessions with the needy. His goodness must have been extraordinary. Are we famed for goodness?
[When working with one’s hands one] should give glory to God through their work. As St Elizabeth Ann Seton wrote, ‘There is no greater error than to imagine that the very employments which God Himself gives us shall force us to forget Him while we are engaged in them.’ This, of course, applies to all of us. St Pio also tells us to ‘Do everything for the love of God and His glory without looking at the outcome of the undertaking. Work is judged, not by its result, but by its intention.’ May we undertake our work, whatever we do, with the good intention of honouring God and helping others.”