Concerning this obsession, I got a wonderful grace this week. Teaching the Vietnamese Sisters here in summer school about St. Teresa of Avila’s “God Alone is Enough” and St. John of the Cross’ “if you want to possess all, desire to possess nothing,” I got this huge grace in the chapel afterwards to really see that God Alone is Enough….that even if I one day am in a euthanasia non-Catholic nursing home, God would be enough!
Enormous joy flooded my heart.
About missionaries in Africa: “I went to a leper colony in Africa where there were 500 lepers. I brought with me 500 silver crucifixes, intending to give on to each of the lepers…The first one who came to meet me had his left arm eaten off at the elbow by the disease. He put out his right hand and it was the most foul mass of corruption I ever saw. I held the silver crucifix above it and dropped it. It was swallowed up in that volcano of leprosy. All of a sudden there were 501 lepers in that camp; I was the 501st because I had taken that symbol of God’s identification with mean and refused to identify myself with someone who was a thousand times better on the inside than I. Then it came over me the awful thing I had done. I dug my fingers into his leprosy, took out the crucifix and pressed it into his hand. And so on, for all the other 499 lepers. From that moment on I learned to love them.”