Thoughts for August 23 (St Rose of Lima) from Fr Willie Doyle

St Rose of Lima

Look upon the grace God gives you as a talent you must work with and increase. The Master in the Gospel gave his profitable servants twice as many talents. In like manner will God double your grace if you make good use of it. He will give you “grace for grace”. (John 1. 16)

COMMENT: Fr Doyle was most certainly a profitable servant, who carefully “invested” the grace God gave him. He set out to be faithful in little things, always striving to perform each task with love and perfection. In the end he was faithful in much, even when it came to offering his own life to save a wounded soldier. This heroism in the trenches finds its foundation in daily faithfulness. In the ordinary ways of life, barring a miracle of grace, it is impossible to imagine someone who was careless in his daily life of work and relationships and prayer suddenly becoming a hero in the trenches.

God may give us “grace for grace”, but let us not forget what else Jesus said in the parable of the talents:

For to every one who has will more be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who has not, even what he has will be taken away. (Matthew 25:29)

Today is also the feast of St Rose of Lima, the first canonised saint of the Americas who died at the age of 31. Liken Fr Doyle, was noted for her life of great penance which she offered for sinners and for the souls in Purgatory.