. . . we need simply to trust in God’s Love, and there we will find our Joy!”
The early Church saints were witnesses to a living faith and they were regular people that with faith in God they did extraordinary things. The Catholic Church has exuded holiness in its members in every century, among the young and old, kings and common folks; modern society has seen God raise up great saints as guides for us today. Celebrating this week; St. Laurence the Deacon, St. Maximillian Kolbe and St. Therese of Lisieux.
St. Laurence lived during the Roman persecution of Christians in 258AD. The Romans asked that if Christians did not renounce their faith they would be executed and their goods confiscated. Laurence was appointed by the Pope with a position of great trust – to care for the treasury of the Church. When asked by the Romans to turn over the treasury he asked for 3 days. He gave away all the treasures of the Church to the poor and brought instead, the blind, the suffering and the crippled to the Romans, saying that they were the true treasures of the Church. He said, “The Church is truly rich, far richer than the emperor.” St. Laurence was martyred on August 10, 258AD.
St. Maximilian Kolbe, a modern apostle of evangelization was a Polish Franciscan priest whose whole life was dedicated to loving others as God loves us and he had a special devotion to the Blessed Mother. Maximilian was a sickly person who only had one lung after several bouts with tuberculosis. By the grace of God, he founded the largest monastery in the world, ran a huge printing ministry, made missionary trips to Japan and spent the end of his life in hard labor at Auschwitz. This is where his unfailing trust in God and his last act of love was served, when Maximilian took the place of a young father who had been sentenced to death. Knowing the young man had children, Maximilian offered himself to be shot in his place, and subsequently was executed shortly after.
St. Therese of Lisieux spent time on this earth proving her love for God by scattering “little flowers” everywhere she went. These ‘flowers’ consisted of a kind glance, word, or deed as a small action of love. She took every opportunity to sacrifice, to smile at those she didn’t like, eat leftovers of any kind that were left for her without complaining, and begging forgiveness for things she did not do. St. Therese realized that if she trusted God in a “little way” it would still be pleasing to God. So, she loved the best way she could, and let Jesus make up the rest.
We are reminded by these three saints, that at times when we are faced with the cross of suffering, or don’t feel like we can do enough or are enough, we need simply to trust in God’s Love, and there we will find our Joy!
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