This week we hear from Letitia upon her return from the World Meeting of Families.
While in Philadelphia, we were blessed to stay with a priest who lives in Rowanda. His family was killed in the genocide there. His life story is now being made into a documentary movie that will be coming out next year, so I don’t want to go into the details of his life, but I want to share one of many things that I learned from him in regard to just being who we should be.
Father Ubald completely trusted in God. Despite his age, he had a childlike trust in God, even with all of the many crosses he had to carry each day. He was bursting with the joy of just being what he should be, a Priest. He trusted that the people God sent into his life each day were sent to take care of him, and he trusted that they would do just that. What trust he had! He came from Africa to stay with people he barely knew or did not know. He can speak English but has trouble understanding the culture, and yet he trusted that he would be fed and taken care of by God through these people. He did not question anything… he just followed God’s plans for each day. Every morning he woke up and said, “I am perfect.” After breakfast he would say, “What more do I need? I just ate food. I need nothing more for this day.” Later in the day, he would again ask “What more do I need? I am in this beautiful city of Philadelphia.” Then at the end of the day he would reflect, “What a beautiful day. Now I must rest.”
So what more do we need? The answer is nothing. We need nothing more each day than what God provides for us. He gives us just the right amount of food to eat, he gives us our beautiful perfectly imperfect families, and then he gives us time to rest. When we can accept that each day we need nothing more than what God gives to us, then we can be what we should be and set the world on fire. I need nothing more, I am a mom. I need nothing more, I am a wife. I need nothing more, I am a daughter of God. I need nothing more, I am a sister in Christ.
There is nothing we do each day that does not give glory to God. There is no such thing as menial work. The work we do each day in service to our families, our friends and our communities is all we need to do in order to glorify God. When we live each day doing only what is set before us for that day, without looking for things to please us, things that we think must be more important, then we give God the most glory. Our world detests it when we serve our husbands, children, our elderly parents and grandparents, and take care of the sick, but these are the works of the saints. Being servants to one another is what is pleasing to God. We may never know who we are serving. We do not know who our husbands, children or friends will become at the end of each day. We are serving future heroes and future saints, and in doing so we will become like them. This is how we set the world on fire. Being what we should be is easier than we think. Awake in the morning, pray and give thanks for God has our days planned for us. Each day is another opportunity to set the world on fire. In Father Ubald’s words, “What more do I need? I am perfect!”
Let us pray.
Lord, work a miracle in my heart that today I may be able to appreciate the simplicity of life and the greatness of Your providence. Amen.
For more about Fr. Ubald check out this week’s Friday Fav where we have posted several links, including a trailer for the upcoming movie about his life.