The Word Among Us

August 2006 Issue

I’m Content, Lord! I‘m Content!

The Contemplative and Active Life of St. Alberto Hurtado

By: Luis E. Quezada

On October 23, 2005, nearly eight thousand Chileans stood cheering in St. Peter's Square as Pope Benedict XVI canonized their country's second saint. The Jesuit priest, whose rugged features smiled down at them from a tapestry on the basilica's façade, was "truly a contemplative in action," said the pope.

Many in that crowd could testify to the "in action" aspect of St. Alberto Hurtado Cruchaga. Some were homeless kids when they first met him;...

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