This may seem like an odd combination, but what is the goal of Faith here on Earth? To get as many people from here on Earth into Heaven. To accomplish this we need tools, we need examples, and we need to travel far to the God right next to us. Humility plays an important role in our lives as Christians. We may not always live it but it is the foundation that grounds us amidst all of the wonder and power of God. Jesus, small, weak, insignificant to the world, becomes the center of the world and receives gifts worthy of the rich and powerful. Amidst this worldly wonder his humility shines. At table, in the Temple, on the hills, surrounded by crowds for his wisdom and healing power he remains "meek and humble of heart" (Matthew 11:29).
And so it was for Andre. Sick, orphaned, looked down upon, dismissed even by his own superiors and community, he shown the power of God in healing through the intercession of St. Joseph. Amid the power he remained "meek and humble of heart." Humility helps to remind us of the power of God within our own weakness and sinfulness. Andre teaches us to humbly hold the door open to others, realizing that what seems a simple, menial job is the doorway to salvation for others. Hold it open wide, hold it open in hope, hold it open in humility, and someday you too may pass through.
When you say to God, Our Father, he has his ear right next to your lips.
-- Andre Bessette, quoted from The Cross, Our Only Hope: Daily Reflections in the Holy Cross Tradition
Truth to Ponder
I decided to spend a year thinking about the Faith celebrated in the sanctoral calendar. There are also just some events, Scriptural, and other quotes that strike me on random days; or randomly on days, as the case may be.
Saint's Days by Month
Days by Entry