As I finished classes at the University of Notre Dame in 2010, banners around campus celebrated the canonization of today’s saint, André Bessette of Montreal (1845-1937). A member of the Congregation of the Holy Cross, the order was justifiably proud to see one of their own honored by the whole Church.
Yet André’s story had humble beginnings, and he was nearly denied entrance into the order because of poor health. He was given the most menial tasks—doorkeeper, laundry worker, messenger—yet carried them out prayerfully. To the surprise of his superiors, his humility and devotion to St. Joseph had borne fruit in miraculous healings.
St. André lived out the mission of Jesus in today’s Gospel, the same call we each receive in Baptism. We are anointed too, becoming Christ to those who need healing and Good News.
Where will my baptismal mission take me today?
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