Thought for the Day – 11 May
The life of Saint Ignatius reminds us that even the most menial of tasks, if offered to the Lord, are pleasing to Him.
During his daily rounds, Saint Ignatius of Laconi did more than beg, of course. He served as a model of perfect Christian humility and self-denial. He instructed the community children in the tenets of the Christian faith—most of whom were too poor to attend school and instead worked as he had done. He comforted the ill and provided encouragement to those who constantly struggled. Numerous miracles were reported at his pious intercession. Never having been educated himself, Saint Ignatius was illiterate and his words far from polished or eloquent. He recognised his limitations and constantly directed any praise or recognition from himself to the Lord, where all good things originate. The lessons from this Saint are countless, they are difficult for us to attain, most especially in the fast-paced, money-driven society in which we live. Let us always keep in mind and before our eyes God’s love and mercy, that high-paying jobs are not what He requires of us! To those who came to St Ignatius for comfort, he would advise, “Trust God.”
Lord God, You led Saint Ignatius along the way of humility, innocence, and fraternal charity to the heights of sanctity. Help us to imitate his virtues and to practice charity, trust in You and obedience, on earth in word and deed. Amen.
St Ignatius of Laconi, Pray for us!