Triumphant Defeat

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Lake Tahoe

Everyone wants to be happy and useful.
But life is often punctuated by crisis and problems
that distract people from being happy and useful.

The great memorial Christ left us is not about being happy and useful
but about how to handle crises and problems.
On the night he was betrayed, he gathered his closest friends,
yes, to seek solace and comfort, consolation and support from them
but also to give himself even more totally to them.
There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

To give when there is no more to give.
And at his triumphant defeat, he cries out:
“It is finished.”

“The patient and humble endurance of the cross—whatever nature it may be—is the highest work we have to do.”
— St. Katharine Drexel

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