St. Aubin was a monk. Maybe we could commemorate the day by spending extra time in quiet prayer. He also was generous to the sick, widows, orphans, and slaves. So perhaps we could offer care to someone in need.
Or, since it’s leap day, maybe we could consider offering to God something on that day that would require from us a significant leap of faith.
Every now and then I come across one of those many lists of things that one can do to enhance the quality of one’s life. Most of the suggestions on the lists I find to be just plain silly like – “Dance like nobody is watching” or "Read a poem to a complete stranger" (but, one second thought, maybe they’re not so silly. Maybe those suggestions are just the sort of things that might most benefit an introvert like me).
But on one list there was one suggestion that really spoke to my spirit. It said, "Do one thing every day that frightens you."
I interpreted that to mean, not that we should watch a horror movie or look down from a dizzyingly high place, but that we should do something that causes us to dig deep within us – an offering to God that takes nerve or draws us well out of our comfort zone.
There is an old saying that we cannot live ordinary lives and believe in an extraordinary God. Making leaps of faith helps us to grow as Catholics. It habituates us to commend our efforts to God in trust. It helps us to live more extraordinarily grace-filled lives. It invites us to see what God will do when we give of ourselves in generous ways.
In his letter to the Philippians, St. Paul exhorts us to, “work out your salvation with fear and trembling” (Phil. 2:12b). Maybe leap day this year can be a new beginning of a bold new way of offering ourselves to our Lord in trust and great leaping faith.
St. Aubin, pray for us.