At the close of the feast of St. Alberto Hurtado, SJ (about whose life I wrote this time last year), I thought I would simply relay a small reflection that the Chilean Saint gave on the last morning of a weekend retreat. I like this short conference because it hints at the non-competitive relationship between time and eternity that only saints manage to maintain. Whereas, at least to some, thoughts of heaven or eternal life can only represent pious distractions from pressing, ‘real world’ concerns, St. Alberto’s life testifies to the contrary. An indefatigable energy is granted to those who keep the eternal in view. The true apostle can press on through apparent failure and risk involvement in the most intractable social problems precisely because, from the perspective of eternity, nothing done in love can be done in vain.
The Success of the Failures
Retreat meditation on the resurrection of the Lord.
It is not all Good Friday. Christ has risen and is my hope! “I am the Resurrection” (Jn 11, 25). Today is Sunday and this idea must dominate my thoughts. In the midst of suffering and testing… optimism, confidence and joy. Always joyful: because Christ is risen, he has conquered death and is seated at the right hand of the Father. And it is Christ, my hope who has risen. My Father, my Friend, he can die no more. What glory! In the same way I shall rise “in Christ Jesus”… and after these days of enormous, threatening clouds, I shall see Christ. Read the rest of this entry »