And as I contemplated, I understood that it did not come only for me but can help to nourish other souls with intense persuasion. If on that day or those days, I remember vividly my school years, when I had exams or interviews, passion for success made me not think of food until the exam or interview was over. If for the same reason of success, on that same occasion, I begged God to take away sleep or even drank some Nescafé or coffee to ward off sleep as to read and prepare for success over the midnight.
Then why is it that I complain when success in the harvest of souls precipitates the condition of skipping food for some hours. When salvation of soul requires me to keep vigil for few hours, where is that same passion that made me ask God to take away sleep when I wanted to obtain a certificate or job. And the Word of God is helpful here, asking us not only to “work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you” (Jn.6:27.)
May the Holy Spirit enkindle the fire and passion for harvest of souls in our hearts. May He enable the spirit of sacrifices that spurred the missionaries who brought the Lord Jesus Christ, the joy of our hearts, to us. Dear Friends, let us be kindly disposed to be more generous in prayers and sacrifices for souls, as says the Sacred Scripture, “This way, your gift will be prepared generously and not begrudgingly. Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously (2 Cor.9:6.)
Fr. Ignatius of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (cmdorg.org)