Missionary Objective #7:
Our spiritual patron, St. Thorlak of Iceland, struggled with his voice his entire life. He was often incapacitated by his impairment and depended on others to speak for him. When he could not speak, he made sure to listen with genuine care for those around him. He did what he could with all that he had – and made a lasting impact on all of Iceland, on the Roman Catholic Church, and on each one of us, here, today. Give that a moment to sink in. One person, who lived over eight hundred years ago in one of the most remote places on earth, did what he could with all that he had, even when he suffered physical pain attempting to speak. He did this with such love that we, eight hundred years later, are still using his example to form deeper and more meaningful relationships with the people around us.
If he can do that, let us pray that we can, too.
Contemplate: Why is using our voice an essential step toward being known by others? How do we know others better through their actual, audible voices?
Relate: Choose connection over convenience. Try at least once this week to make a voice to voice connection even when more convenient options (like text/sms or email) are available.
Summer Feast of St. Thorlak, 20 July
May the power of Divine Love shine in and through my weakness, so that He might be glorified in and through me, and that in my weakness, His power may reach perfection. Through Christ Our Lord, AMEN.
Fr. Mark P. Nolette - Spiritual Director for the Mission of Saint Thorlak