When JoAnn’s aunt, a Felician Sister, died, the auxiliary bishop of her diocese came to pay his respect at her viewing. He not only offered condolences to her biological family and her religious family, the bishop stayed for the funeral Mass.
He did not celebrate the Mass or deliver the homily. Those honors he left to sister’s long-time priest friend. Instead, he sat humbly in the background of the altar before offering after Holy Communion some well-chosen, sincerely expressed words about the sister and her work with the needy.
The bishop then went to the Felician cemetery for the committal service and returned to the motherhouse to share a meal with the mourners. He made a point of moving about the room to speak with members of both of sister’s families.
He is one of 5,100 Catholic bishops for 1.2 billion Catholics in the world. In other words, there is one bishop for every 235,294 Catholics. Yet, despite his many duties, he took the time to comfort others in their hour of need.
Sometimes we think, “I am only one person. What can one person do?” There are 7.7 billion people on earth, yet each of us is made in God’s image. We are given countless blessings and graces by God.
Each one of us can make a difference in the lives of others when they need that help the most. We can do more than we ever dreamed we could — if we do it out of love for God and others.
God enables us to do more than we ever thought possible.