Dcn. Nemsy Gubatan
Mother Teresa of Calcutta does not need any introduction. Since I was young, I always knew her as a saint. What compels me to admire her is her heroic love of Christ. That’s why even some of the Hindus in India refer to her as one of their goddess.
Her heroic love was based on an intense and boundless love of God. On her way to the chapel very early in the morning she would silently pray:
“Each sigh, each look, each act of mine, shall be an act of love divine; and everything that I shall do, shall be dear Lord, for love of you.”
Then when she would put on her old sandals, she would pray:
“Of my own free will, dear Jesus, I shall follow you wherever you may go in search of souls, at any cost to myself and out of pure love of you.”
Now sharing her spiritual goals with the Sisters, she would say:
“Our vocation is not to work with lepers or the dying people; no, our vocation is to belong to Jesus. And because we belong to Jesus, like the vine and the branches, we produce fruit in abundance. As long as the branches remain united with the vine, they are capable of bringing forth fruit in abundance. For Jesus said: ‘I am the vine, you are the branches without me you can do nothing.’”
So what makes her heroic? It is her profound yet simple love of her Beloved. A love that does not demand anything in return but simply to allow her to continue loving the love of her life; Jesus the Son of God.
By Dcn. Nemsy Gubatan
Be not afraid to ask for God’s favor. The Son of God knows the nature of human needs and desire. There is no need to exaggerate or underplay our desires. State them as we actually need them.
Once a blind man begged St. Padre Pio to restore his sight, even just in one eye to enable him to see his love ones. The humble padre asked: “Only in one eye?” To which the man responded, “That would good enough.” Smiling, the padre concluded: “I shall pray for you.”
Weeks later the man returned overjoyed, thanking Padre Pio for his cure. “So are you seeing normally again?” the padre inquired. “Yes, just from this one eye,” the healed man answered. Padre Pio admonished: “Ah, only from one eye. Let that be a lesson to you. Never put limitations on God. Always ask for the big grace.”
Personally, most of the time I ask for what I basically need, I never underplay my wants. However, when praying for others, I usually inflate my requests. To balance things out however, I usually end up saying: “According to your will.”
Amazing though, when it comes to spiritual favors, I usually ask for the big grace: To be a better person, to increase in charity and humility. To spend more time in prayer and meditation. Then the big one; to see Him face to face, followed by a big sigh ... “When Lord, when?