Noble in the ordinary is extraordinarily wise.
Each day, numerous people come to confide in her their heartfelt stories, asking for instruction and healing. Through her wonders continuously take place not only in their bodies but also deep down in their souls. All those good things happening today started from a choice made by young simple ordinary girl.
She was born, grew up and worked hard as everyone in a little country. Her gentle, joyful and friendly personality created a beautiful impression on and warm affection to those who had a chance to meet her. They admired the beauty of her soul, a beauty that overflew in her friendly eyes, her gentle smiles and her sincere words. They desired that she have a bright future, a happy family,… That good desire did come true: her future (which is today) is gloriously bright. But before this glory, she had undertaken many ups and downs in life.
It would be inexhaustible to write about her. Here, I would like to tell you about only one turning point in her life since it has great impact on the human family, among which we are. My dear friend, the emphasized point here is: An ordinary girl like everyone else has become wonderfully great because of her brave and wise choice.
In those days, the young cheerful girl was enjoying walking toward future. Peaceful was the melody of such a tranquil soul in the midst of the everyday. Suddenly she received a message from The Almighty inviting her to undertake a very necessary mission. The great mission was entrusted to the humble girl. The invitation was gentle but its mission was so important that she felt unexpected, overwhelmed, embarrassed, and even frightened. The ordinary girl found herself standing before a non-ordinary invitation, a mystery. She wondered what all this would mean. Difficult to comprehend! Tons of questions flooded in: “Why this strange thing? Why did it not come to someone else but me? If I accept this invitation, how will my future be? All my dreams will be interrupted? Will I have to abandon the plans of my life? This road before me doesn’t seem normal. I’m not sure at all! Who can understand something like this?! How will people react? What will they say about me? Can my beloved parents bear this shock? Still, this will destroy the happiness of a small family that I have been trying to build. Moreover, according to the law here, 99,9% I will be condamned with a death penalty. What should I do now?
Humm… What must I do?
There are only two choices to make: accept or refuse. If I accept this invitation, I will have to face what will happen to me. If I refuse it, I will avoid all the problems and surely The Almighty will accept my refusal because He always respects the freedom of choice of each person. But…if I refuse this mission, who will do it? Will anyone? Actually, each person has a proper mission in life; and this is a mission He wishes me to undertake. The Almighty must know well that I can fulfill it, and that’s why He has asked me. Hmmm…. What should I do now?”
It is not easy to have all these feelings. Very hard! Very tense! However, the young lady whose heart was full of dreams decided to choose the direction of faith and love. She trusted that “nothing is impossible” to The Almighty (Lk1:37). Believe, yes totally believe, and entrust one’s life to His leading hand! The time one has in this world is actually very short. The True Lasting Home is only a few steps away. Therefore, the best way is to let Him ride the ship of one’s life since only He knows where the real destination is. His vision is much wider and more accurate than the human eyes. Her fright was there, but her faith was stronger. She loved The One who loved her first and she loved others even more than herself. That’s why, though her human heart was sometimes strongly moved by sincere natural desires as everyone else’s, she sacrificed generously what she deserved to enjoy by right as others so that they could enjoy precious gifts resulting from the mission He had invited her to undertake.
That ordinary-looking lady carried in her an extraordinary love. Those gentle little eyes of hers could see far and wide for they were attached to the powerful vision of faith.
Once having trusted that the will of The Almighty is the best and having decided to set foot on the direction of His will, one shall have profound inner peace to joyfully live it out each day. The point is that one needs to make a decision and stand firm in love. She did. Once she decided to welcome His will, she courageously moved forward. Troubles soared many times, both objectively and subjectively, but she still overcame them by the strength of faith and love. Once she decided to live and die for this noble love, she never turned back. If difficulties occurred sometimes, they just became opportunities for her generosity to shine even more brightly. Since her heart is full of unconditional love, suffering remains only a precious occasion for her to reach out to others and enjoy its holy fruit. Sacrifice produced for her a kind of honey that no bees on earth could collect.
The rest of her life story is well known to many people.
Oh Mary, my Mother, you are as ordinary as me, and so you fully understand all my experience in this journey. All generations praise you “full of grace” and most beautiful because you have chosen to let your life sink deep in the holy will of The Loving God. Numerous people come to you receiving abundance of blessings thanks to that very choice of yours – Fiat. All that you teach recorded in the Bible is very succinct: “Do whatever He [Jesus] tells you!” (John 2:5) O Mother, please help me choose wisely and carry out the will of God for me in my concrete situation until I see you in our Lasting Home!
Joseph Viet, O.Carm.