Natural or acquired talent may count very little
“Jesus Christ chose poor, ignorant people for his Apostles, people who from a human point of view were very ill-fitted for the work.
Not that we must be uneducated and of low birth so as to work for souls, but to teach us how little natural or acquired talent counts and that it is never the cause of success. Christ chose fishermen to show us that it is not easy work; we have to be ready for great difficulties and fatigue.
We have to be ready for great difficulties and fatigue
What a wonderful thought it is that Jesus Christ, who was able to convert the whole world by himself, should have chosen to do it through his disciples. He spent his whole life training them. Jesus took for himself what was difficult: an ignominious death, and left the renown to his disciples. What love Christ showed in allowing others to help him in work he could have done alone.
Humility and obedience are essential
A man called to convert others has need of great virtue, especially humility and obedience. We must not miss our opportunities but so turn things that we appear to be following advice rather than giving it and seem to be the instrument rather than the worker. This will humble us and make the work easier…
Being the potter’s clay
You are happy in being chosen by God to enkindle his love in the hearts of others. To do this it is necessary to have deep humility and an entire distrust of self, besides zeal. We must act without haste and wait with peace and confidence until it pleases God to accomplish in these souls that which his grace alone is capable of doing and of which he alone must reap the glory.”
– St Claude de la Columbiere, 17th century