Tagged: January 2010

John Neumann, Pioneer Saint

In the Gospel story of the widow’s mite, Jesus is unim­pressed watching the rich put large offerings into the temple treasury. He praises instead the poor widow who put in only two copper coins. "I assure you," he said to his disciples, "this poor widow has put in more than all the rest."

Saint John Neumann reminds me of that poor widow. He was a short, shy, back-country immi­grant priest. In the eyes of some he was an unimpressive, awk­ward little man; but in God’s eyes John was peerless, and his mite was a priceless gift. All that he had and was he willingly offered to God.