By Fr. Christopher Kubat
After some of the Apostles were thrown into prison for preaching about Jesus Christ and the Church He founded, they were miraculously rescued in the cover of darkness. “But during the night, the angel of the Lord opened the doors of the prison, led them out, and said, ‘Go and take your place in the temple area, and tell the people everything about this life’” (Acts 5:19-20).
In other words, the angel of the Lord sent the apostles back in the arena of life to do the work of the Lord by preaching the Word. It is evident they did it for the Lord God.
The Universal Church celebrated the memorial of St. Joseph the Worker May 1. Whether it was holding the infant Jesus, making a table, or taking the Holy Family into Egypt during the night, St. Joseph did everything for the Lord.
I am sure you would agree that when we complete a task—whether at home or work—when it is finished, we experience a sense of accomplishment. Imagine how much more we would experience if we did everything—even small things—for the Lord with love. This, in essence, is the little way of St. Thérèse of Lisieux.
Not long ago, we helped a man access and obtain some needed medical care. Afterward, one of his family members wrote, “I cannot thank you enough for helping our family. We did not know who to turn to for help. Literally minutes before you called, we were brainstorming on who we could get help from.” She finished by saying how she had prayed constantly for something to happen for a long time.
Then on the same day, another woman who was unhappy with the Catholic Church for an unknown reason had a hard time obtaining a piece of medical equipment for a needy relative. For some reason, she called us and we had what she needed in our warehouse. After obtaining an appointment and meeting one of our warehouse staff members who treated her with love and respect, she left with a newfound respect for the Catholic Church.
Whether it is helping individuals and families with emergency services or grants for counseling, we at Catholic Social Services try our best to do it all for the Lord. As I get closer to writing my last “Seedlings” column, let me not let this opportunity pass without thanking you all because without your generosity, nothing we do would be possible. I am confident that you too do it all for the Lord.