St. Clare of Assisi
Let's Meet this Doable Goal
Let's Meet this Doable Goal.
When Jesus looked up he saw some wealthy people putting their offerings into the treasury and he noticed a poor widow putting in two small coins. He said, "I tell you truly, this poor widow put in more than all the rest; for those others have all made offerings from their surplus wealth, but she, from her poverty, has offered her whole livelihood." (Luke 2:1-4)
Saint John Berchmans was Born at Diest in Brabant, on 13 March,1599 and died at Rome, on 13 August, 1621. This Belgian saint once said, “If I do not become a saint when I am young, I shall never become one.” In fact, he died at the early age of twenty-two—and he had, without any doubt, reached his goal of sanctity.
John was born in 1599. As a child, he stayed very close to his sick mother. Still, he liked to join his young friends in putting on plays about Bible stories. He was especially good at playing the part of Daniel defending the innocent Susanna. By the time he was thirteen, he wanted to begin studying for the priesthood. However, his father, a shoemaker, needed his help in supporting the family. Finally, Mr. Berchmans decided to let John become a servant in the household of a priest. From there he could go to classes in the seminary.
Three years later, John Berchmans entered the Society of Jesus. He prayed, studied hard, and enthusiastically acted out parts in religious plays. He made a motto: “Have great care for little things,” and he lived up to it. St. John Berchmans never performed any great, heroic deeds, but he did every little thing well, from waiting on tables to taking notes in class.
When he became sick, no doctor could discover what illness he had. Yet John knew he was going to die. He was very cheerful as always. When the doctor ordered that his forehead be bathed with wine, John joked: “It’s lucky that such an expensive sickness is not going to last long.”
John Berchmans died in 1621. Miracles took place at his funeral. Right away people began to call him a saint. He was canonized in 1888 by Pope Leo XIII. (Saint A Day)
Let us take to heart St. John Berchman’s beautiful lessons and try to be saints in small things.
Do I offer God my whole livelihood as the widow with two mites?
Do you set a goal for your personal sanctity? As St. John Berchmans said “If I do not become a saint when I am young, I shall never become one.” In light of this motto, if I don’t have a goal for my personal sanctification now, I shall never have one.
Do I small things with great love or do I do great thing with no love? St. John Berchmans said “Have great care for little things,”
Prayer to St. John Berchmans
Saint John, angelic youth, sweet-scented flower of innocence, stalwart soldier of the Company of Jesus, ardent defender of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin, whom the all-wise Providence of God hath set forth as a light and pattern, in order that He might reveal in thee the treasures of that holiness which consisteth in the devoted and holy fulfillment of the common duties of life, I earnestly beseech thee to make me ever constant and faithful in observing the duties of my state of life, pure in heart, fearless and strong against the enemies of my eternal salvation, and cheerfully obedient to the promptings of God's holy will.
By thy singular devotion to the loving Mother of Jesus Christ, who looked upon thee also as her dear son, obtain for me the grace of a fervent love for Jesus and Mary, together with the power of drawing many others to love them in like manner. Wherefore, dear Saint John, I choose thee as my special patron, humbly beseeching thee to make me zealous in the things that pertain to the praise of God, and to assist me by thy mighty help, to lead a life filled with good works. Finally, when the hour of death cometh, do thou, of thy loving kindness, cherish in me those motions of humble confidence, which at the moment of thy departure from this world to thy mansion in the skies, as thou didst lovingly clasp to thy breast the Image of Jesus Crucified, together with Mary's Rosary and thy Book of Rules, impelled thee to utter these sweet words: "these three things are my dearest possessions; with these I am content to die."
Pray for us, Saint John, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Grant, we beseech Thee O Lord God, unto Thy faithful servants, to copy the pattern of innocence and faithfulness in Thy service, wherewith the angelic youth, John, did consecrate to Thee the very flower of his years. Through Christ our Lord. Amen. (Prayer from the Raccolta)
Peace in Christ,
Father Vincent-Vuong Nguyen
Sent by Fr. Vincent Nguyen on Monday, November 27 at 7:40AM