January 26, 2016

"Bear your share of hardship for the Gospel
with the strength that comes from God."
2 Timothy 1:8
Now the body is not a single part, but many.
If a foot should say,
“Because I am not a hand I do not belong to the body,”
it does not for this reason belong any less to the body.
Or if an ear should say,
“Because I am not an eye I do not belong to the body,”
it does not for this reason belong any less to the body.
If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be?
If the whole body were hearing, where would the sense of smell be?
But as it is, God placed the parts,
each one of them, in the body as he intended.
1 Corinthians 12:14-18


For me these quotes from today's and Sunday's reading point toward the idea of personality and one's unique situation in life being assets to how one lives out his or her Christian walk. For a long time I thought my personality worked against me in terms of what I could give to the Church and to Frassati, but I think when we read the lives of the saints we start to realize that God calls all types... just as St. Paul says in the passage from Corinthians above.

Yesterday I got a fresh reminder of this when someone posted this article online (I don't usually click, but this time I did, since I know so little about St. Therese's recently canonized mom and dad):


My heart rejoiced as it reminded me that the saints experienced all the little difficulties I experience, and God helped them manage it! Would Blessed Pier Giorgio be the saint he is if it weren't for his outgoing personality, his dedication, his passion? Well, he might be a saint, but maybe he wouldn't have gone about his life in the same way. And St. Zelie's santification was shaped by her motherhood, and so on... and this is a great mercy. God doesn't call us to be robots but ourselves, more and more deeply.

So let us offer everything, our quirks, talents, and gifts, to the use of the Father who will bring about greater things with them than we can expect.

Frassati NY