St. Alberto and the Success of Failures

Whosoever Desires


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…

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