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.