Today is the feast of the Jesuit brother Alfonso Rodríguez who died in 1617. He was the porter of the Jesuit College on the island of Majorca. But he became the inspiration for many, including St. Pedro Claver who went to become a missionary in what is now Colombia. He shows the value of the simple values of listening, hospitality, and faith. He opened doors – and opened hearts to God.
Among his writings is this meditation:
“Jesus, love of my soul and center of my heart!
Why am I not more eager
to endure pans and tribulations for love of you,
when you, my God, have suffered so many for me?
This is my happiness, this my pleasure:
to live with Jesus, to walk with Jesus,
to converse with Jesus,
to suffer with and for him,
this is my treasure.”
There is a beautiful poem of Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J., on Brother Alfonso, that can be found here.