DON BOSCO DAY BY DAY
THE HARVEST IS GREAT (2)
You can help in many ways. For instance, you can all pray, and this is the most important element mentioned by our Savior in remarking on the scarcity to laborers. Therefore pray to the Master of the vineyard to send laborers into His harvest.
Prayer strongly appeals to God’s goodness and as it were compels Him to send workers. So let us pray for our own country and for foreign lands, for the needs of our own families and cities, for souls still shrouded in the darkness of idolatry, superstition and heresy.
Let us all pray most heartily and insistently to the Lord of the harvest.
Another thing we can all do, extremely helpful and effective, is to give good example. How much good we can accomplish this way—good example in word, encouraging each other to do what is right and offering salutary advice. One person may have doubts about this vocation, another may be set to make an irreparably harmful decision. Timely good advice and encouragement can avert that. Often indeed a single word can mark the difference between choosing the right path or the wrong.
St. Paul used to exhort the faithful to be a “lamp set aflame and burning bright.” Oh, were such a light visible in us, were everyone was edified by our words and deeds! If we only had that burning love which makes us put everything aside in order to help our fellow humans! If we only had that perfect chastity which enables us to wipe out all vices, that meekness that conquers all hearts! Then I believe that we would draw the entire world into our nets.
Another thing which we can all do is to be faithful to our practices of piety and to be persevering in all undertakings which may promote God’s greater glory and the salvation of souls. Likewise, let us foster the good reputation of the Church, its ministers—the Pope especially—and its laws. These are things which each of from the highest to the lowest, can do. (BM XII, 460)
1. All can pray!
2. Prayer appeals to God’s goodness.
3. Timely good advice and encouragement helps someone in doubt.