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Thought for the Day – 18 August – Let us too ‘build a home for Christ’!

Thought for the Day – 18 August – The Memorial of St Alberto Hurtado SJ (1901-1952)

” Hogar de Christo”

Hogar means “hearth” or “home.”   

Hurtado wanted to welcome the poor into “Christ’s home.”

In October 1944, while giving a retreat, he felt impelled to appeal to his audience to consider the many poor people of the city, especially the numerous homeless children who were roaming the streets of Santiago. This request evoked a ready and generous response.   This was the beginning of the initiative for which Father Hurtado is especially well-known – a form of charitable activity which provided not only housing but a home-like milieu for the homeless: “El Hogar de Cristo”.

By means of contributions from benefactors and with the active collaboration of committed laity, Father Hurtado opened the first house for children, this was followed by a house for women and then one for men.   The poor found a warm home in “El Hogar de Crist  o.” The houses multiplied and took on new dimensions, in some houses there were rehabilitation centres, in others trade-schools and so on.   All were inspired and permeated by Christian values.

From all accounts Hurtado was an intensely busy man.   In 1946, he bought a green pickup truck to better bring at-risk children living on the street back to the shelters.   He called them his patroncitos, his “little bosses.”   In addition to his work with Hogar, his retreats and outreach to youth, he wrote several books and found the journal Mensaje, a Catholic magazine designed to highlight the social teachings of the church and which is still proudly published by the Chilean Jesuits.

Pancreatic cancer brought him, within a few months, to the end of his life.   In the midst of terrible pain, he was often heard to say, “I am content, Lord.”

After having spent his life manifesting Christ’s love for the poor, Father Hurtado was called to the Lord on 18 August 1952.

From his return to Chile after his Tertianship to his death, a matter of only fifteen years, Father Hurtado lived and accomplished all the works described above.   His apostolate was the expression of a personal love for Christ the Lord – it was characterised by a great love for poor and abandoned children, an enlightened zeal for the formation of the laity and a lively sense of Christian social justice.

Alberto understood the need for the balance between prayer and work, striving to be a “contemplative in action.”   On the one hand, the activist is the one who at every moment recognises “the divine impulse.”   On the other, prayer should not encourage a “sleepy sort of laziness under the pretext of keeping ourselves united with God.”   I like to think of him as the patron saint of multitaskers.

In Santiago, near the original Hogar, is a shrine to Alberto, where many come to pray. Inside is his beat-up green pickup.

Let us too ‘build a home for Christ’!

St Alberto, Pray for us!st-alberto-pray-for-us-18-aug-2017 2018 2019.jpg

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Quote of the Day – 18 August – “Christ roams the streets …”

Quote of the Day – 18 August – The Memorial of St Alberto Hurtado SJ (1901-1952)

“I hold that every poor man,
every vagrant,
every beggar,
is Christ carrying His cross.
And as Christ,
we must love
and help him.”

St Alberto Hurtadoi-hold-that-every-poor-man-st-alberto-hurtado-no-2-18-aug-2018 and 2019.jpg

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Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C *2019 and Memorials of the Saints – 18 August

Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C *2019

St Agapitus the Martyr
St Alberto Hurtado Cruchaga SJ (1901-1952) Martyr
His life story here:
https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/08/18/saint-of-the-day-18-august-2017-alberto-hurtado-cruchaga-s-j-1901-1952/

Bl Antoine Bannassat
St Crispus of Rome
St Daig Maccairaill
Bl Domenico de Molinar
St Eonus of Arles
St Ernan
St Evan of Ayrshire
St Firminus of Metz
St Florus of Illyria
Bl Francus of Francavilla
Bl Gaspar di Salamanca
St Helena (c 250 – c 330) Mother of Constantine the Great
St Helena’s Story:
https://anastpaul.com/2018/08/18/saint-of-the-day-18-august-st-helena-c%e2%80%89250-c-%e2%80%89330/

St Hermas of Rome
St John of Rome
St Juliana of Myra
St Juliana of Stobylum
St Laurus of Illyria
St Leo of Myra
Bl Leonard of Cava
St Macarius the Wonder-Worker (Died 850)
Bl Martín Martínez Pascual (1910-1936) Martyr
St Maximus of Illyria
Bl Milo of Fontenelle
St Polyaenus of Rome
St Proculus of Illyria
Bl Raynald of Ravenna
St Ronan of Iona
St Serapion of Rome

Massa Candida: Also known as –
• Martyrs of Utica
• White Company
Three hundred 3rd century Christians at Carthage who were ordered to burn incense to Jupiter or face death by fire. Martyrs. Saint Augustine of Hippo and the poet Prudentius wrote about them. They jumped into a pit of burning lime c 253 at Carthage, North Africa.

Martyred in the Spanish Civil War:
Martyred Carmelites of Carabanchel Bajo – 8 beati:
Martyrs of La Tejera – 4 beati:
• Blessed Adalberto Vicente y Vicente
• Blessed Agustín Pedro Calvo
• Blessed Angelo Reguilón Lobato
• Blessed Atanasio Vidaurreta Labra
• Blessed Aurelio García Anton
• Blessed Celestino José Alonso Villar
• Blessed Daniel García Antón
• Blessed Eliseo María Camargo Montes
• Blessed Eudald Rodas Saurina
• Blessed Fermín Gellida Cornelles
• Blessed Francisco Arias Martín
• Blessed Francisco Pérez y Pérez
• Blessed Gregorio Díez Pérez
• Blessed Jaume Falgarona Vilanova
• Blessed José María Ruiz Cardeñosa
• Blessed José Sánchez Rodríguez
• Blessed Joseph Chamayoux Auclés
• Blessed Liberio González Nombela
• Blessed María Luisa Bermúdez Ruiz
• Blessed Micaela Hernán Martínez
• Blessed Nicomedes Andrés Vecilla
• Blessed Patricio Gellida Llorach
• Blessed Rosario Ciércoles Gascón
• Blessed Santiago Franco Mayo
• Blessed Silvano Villanueva González
• Blessed Vicente María Izquierdo Alcón

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Quote/s of the Day – 5 November – Feast of All Saints and Blesseds of the Society of Jesus

Quote/s of the Day – 5 November – Feast of All Saints and Blesseds of the Jesuits

“If our church is not marked by caring for the poor,
the oppressed, the hungry, we are guilty of heresy.”if-our-church-st-iggy-31-july-2018

“Be generous to the poor orphans and those in need.
The man to whom our Lord has been liberal
ought not to be stingy.
We shall one day find in Heaven as much rest and joy
as we ourselves have dispensed in this life.”

St Ignatius Loyola SJ (1491-1556)be-generous-to-the-poor-orphans-31-july-2018

“Take care, take care, never to close your heart to anyone!”

St Peter Faber (1506-1546)take-care-take-care-never-to-close-your-heart-to-anyone-st-peetr-faber - 2 aug 2018

“To do the will of God,
man must despise his own –
the more he dies to himself,
the more he will live to God.”

St Peter Claver SJ (1581-1654)to do the will of god - st peter claver - 5 nov 2018 all jesuit saints

“God gave Himself to you:
give yourself to God.”

St Robert Southwell SJ (1561-1595)god gave himself - st robert southwell - 21 feb 2018

“Any friend of the poor, is a friend of God.”any-friend-of-the-poor-is-a-friend-of-god-bl-john-sullivan-19-feb-2018

“Take life in instalments.
This one day now.
At least let this be a good day.
Be always beginning.”

Blessed John Sullivan SJ (1861-1933)take-life-in-instalments-bl-john-sullivan-19-feb-2018

“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 hold that every poor man - st alberto hurtado - 5 nov 2018 - all jesuit saints and blesseds

“Christ roams through our streets
in the person of so many
of the suffering poor, sick and dispossessed
and people thrown out of their miserable slums.
Christ huddled under bridges,
in the person of so many children
who lack someone to call father,
who have been deprived for many years,
without a mother’s kiss on their foreheads…
Christ is without a home!
Shouldn’t we want to give Him one,
those of us who have the joy of a comfortable home,
plenty of good food,
the means to educate
and assure the future of our children?”

St Alberto Hurtado SJ (1901-1952)christ roams through our streets - st alberto hurtado - 5 nov 2018 all jesuit saints.jpg

” To serve Christ is to love this concrete Church
and to serve her with generosity
and with the spirit of obedience.”to-serve-christ-is-to-love-this-concrete-church-pope-francis-31-july-2018

“Ask for the grace of shame;
the shame that comes from the constant dialogue of mercy with Him;
the shame that makes us blush before Jesus Christ;
the shame that puts us in tune with the heart of Christ who is made sin for me;
the shame that harmonises our heart in tears and accompanies us in the daily following of “my Lord”.

Pope Francis SJ – 31 July 2013 on the Feast of St Ignatiusask-for-the-grace-of-shame-pope-francis-31-july-2018

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Thoughts for the Day – 18 August – – The Memorial of St Alberto Hurtado S.J. (1901-1952) 

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!

i hold that every poor man - st alberto hurtado no 2- 18 aug 2018

 

st-alberto-pray-for-us-2-18 aug 2017

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Quote of the Day – 18 August – The Memorial of St Alberto Hurtado S.J. (1901-1952)

Quote of the Day – 18 August – The Memorial of St Alberto Hurtado S.J. (1901-1952) 

“Christ roams through our streets
in the person of so many
of the suffering poor, sick and dispossessed
and people thrown out of their miserable slums.
Christ huddled under bridges,
in the person of so many children
who lack someone to call father,
who have been deprived for many years,
without a mother’s kiss on their foreheads…
Christ is without a home!
Shouldn’t we want to give Him one,
those of us who have the joy of a comfortable home,
plenty of good food,
the means to educate
and assure the future of our children?”

St Alberto Hurtado S.J. (1901-1952)christ roams through our streets - st alberto hurtado - 18 aug 2018

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One Minute Reflection – 18 August

One Minute Reflection – 18 August – Saturday of the Nineteenth week in Ordinary Time, Year B – Today’s Gospel: Matthew 19:13–15 and the Memorials of St Alberto Hurtado (1901-1952) and St Helena (c 250 – c 330)

“Let the children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.”...Matthew 19:14

REFLECTION – “See how fortunate you are to care for these little ones who give God perfect praise and in whom God’s goodness takes such great pleasure, a pleasure that is, in a certain sense, just like that of mothers who have no greater consolation than to view the little acts of their children.   They admire everything and love everything. In the same way that God, who is their Father, takes great pleasure in all their little doings.”…St Vincent de Paul (1581-1660) [Addresses to the Daughters of Charity, 7/12/1643]matthew 19 14 - let the children come to me - see how fortunate you are - st vincent de paul - 18 aug 2018

PRAYER – God almighty Father, grant that we may be instruments of welcome and of that love with which Jesus, Your Son, embraces the littlest ones.   May we be a society of love and of holy parenting of all children, especially those most in need.   St Alberto Hurtado, who so loved the poorest children of your world, intercede for us.   St Helena, you were the support and love of your son, bringing him to the love of God and neighbour, pray for us.   We make our prayer through Christ, with the Holy Spirit, one God forever, amen.st-alberto-pray-for-us-18 aug 2017st helena pray for us - 18 aug 2018