"Long since, he had come to know the Christ-taught truth that pure love of God and one’s fellowmen as children of God are in the final event all that matter.” (James Derum: The Porter of St. Bonaventure’s)
Some years ago there was a popular Christian song sung by Amy Grant entitled, “My Father’s Eyes”. It spoke of seeing the world as God sees:
“Eyes that found the good in things, when good was not around;
Eyes that found the source of help, when help would not be found;
Eyes full of compassion, seeing every pain;
Knowing what you're going through, and feeling it the same.
Just like my Father’s eyes…”
Surely that was the experience of Fr. Solanus: he saw the world through his Father’s eyes, and therefore loved all people as children of God. In this way he was able to sympathize with and understand their pain. He had true compassion – he suffered with them, and like God he wanted to alleviate their suffering.
Seeing through God’s eyes may be a gift, but it is one which we can cultivate. “My brothers and sisters, show no partiality as you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory.” (James 2:1) James warns us not to look down on others for we are all created in the image and likeness of God. That’s a good beginning to following in Fr. Solanus’ footsteps...and a very good ending as well.
Ven. Solanus Casey, pray for us!