Pope Benedict¬†XVI was speaking during a Mass with members of the International Theological Commission when he reminded¬†them to be humble in their search for truth.¬†He reflected on the virtues of both St. Damien of Molokai and St. Therese of Lisieux and spoke of how humility leads theologians in their quest for truth.
Why did¬†Pope Benedict¬†mention these two saints in regards to humility?¬† He goes on to say that they were both ‚Äútouched in the depths of their hearts.‚ÄĚ These ‚Äúlittle people who were also wise‚ÄĚ are models from which to draw inspiration. ¬†
There is nothing more humbling than not being able to take care of yourself and¬†allowing others to care¬†of you.¬† St. Damien was surrounded by a community of people who were very sick and needed constant care.¬† We are so often filled with our own pride that we can't accept love and service from others.¬† Don't we often treat God in the same way?¬† We think that we have our own lives under control and we will turn to God when we need Him, but that is not a loving relationship!¬† How can we¬†allow Him to love us when we are in need if we don't¬†allow Him to love us all the time?¬†¬†We need to let Him shape and mold our hearts, embracing that He allows our weakness, our sinful nature, and any sickness to humble us to a more pure love for those we serve, our caretakers, and for our God.¬†¬†
St. Damien dedicated sixteen years¬†of his life to¬†serve the people of Molokai until¬†he suffered the same illness with them.¬†¬†We can't waste a moment of this precious life...we must¬†see all of the small opportunities we have within each¬†day to serve others and to embrace and love all the people who serve us.¬†¬†
Lord, give us the wisdom to see the opportunities¬†You provide for us each day to serve¬†You.¬† Help us to embrace our weaknesses in humility, Lord, because they are constantly drawing us closer to You.¬†Don't allow us to¬†view any¬†task as too small, if it is done in service to¬†You and our neighbor in love.¬†"...My sacrifice, God, is a broken spirit; God, do not spurn a broken, humbled heart." (Psalm 51:19)
St. Damien of Molokai, pray for us!¬†