Thoughts for the Day – 18 August – – The Memorial of St Alberto Hurtado S.J. (1901-1952)
Lessons from the writings of St Alberto,
‘The Man of Action’ (1947)
“I hold that every poor man, every vagrant, every beggar,
is Christ carrying His cross.
And as Christ, we must love and help him.”
“I must always consider myself a servant of a great work.
And because my role is that of a servant, I will not reject the humblest tasks, modest tasks in administration, even the cleaning…
Many aspire to have quiet time to think, read, prepare great things
but there are tasks that all reject, may these be my preferences.
Everything must be accomplished if the great work is to be realised.”
“Humility consists in inserting yourself in your true place.
Before people, not by considering myself the least among them, because I do not believe this;
before God, by recognising continually, my absolute dependence with respect to Him
and that any superiority I might have, in the sight of others, comes from Him.”
“Better to have the humility to begin great tasks with the danger of failing,
than to reduce one’s goal out of pride in order to guarantee success.”
St Alberto Hurtado, Pray for us!