This morning’s meditation from “Jesus: The Model of Religious” was about those that hunger and thirst after righteousness. It does not mean that a person literally hunger and thirst after righteousness, but it does mean that a person will do whatever he can to perform virtue in his every day activities.
In this respect, I am reminded of several stories about St. Therese of Lisieux. One of the most memorable is about the nun she helped down the hallways of the Carmel. Apparently, the nun was extremely cantankerous and very capricious. She would always tell St. Therese that she was either walking too fast or walking too slow for her. Yet St. Therese was patient with the nun and did whatever she was asked to do by her. She exhibited great patience.
Indeed, hungering and thirsting after righteousness means finding daily opportunities to do God’s will. After all, God presents us with hundreds of these opportunities every day. Even if we do not recognize them as such, there are things which happen that demand our obedience, love, etc. We may not like what we are given sometimes, but we should be able to seize the opportunities and use them.
By using these opportunities, we can become great saints. St. Therese is an example of this because she did nothing really extraordinary during her life. It was only after her death that people realized exactly what kind of person she had been and how she had achieved such great holiness.
The same thing is applicable to St. John Baptist de La Salle. Throughout his entire life, he did those things that he found most distasteful because he knew that they came from God Himself. In the books I have read about him, I have not encountered any extraordinary miracles or phenomena during his lifetime. He never levitated in the air or had any extraordinary ecstasies, but that was not necessary. The growth of his Institute and its schools was proof enough that he was doing God’s will.
We should then strive to hunger and thirst after righteousness no matter how hard the road may seem and no matter how distasteful the choices that God presents. By doing what we are supposed to do and doing it well, we are obeying Him.
Our Lady of Mount Carmel, pray for us!
St. Therese of Lisieux, pray for us!
St. John Baptist de La Salle, pray for us!