Pearl 54: “Life passes swiftly and then comes eternity which has no end.”


Pues la vida pasa volando y llega una eternidad que no tiene fin”

         This is the last sentence in a paragraph in Letter 57 where she talked of sisters who had been on retreat, and some sisters in formation. She wanted her sisters to be “new persons” after these experiences because “life passes swiftly and then comes eternity which has no end.”

         Let us borrow some of Antonio Grau’s words: “How many times have we said, ‘How time flies!.’ …So many times we have the feeling that time slips out of our hands. At other times we feel that time passes very slowly. I think the important thing is to know how to take advantage of time, knowing how to enjoy it with the small and big things that life offers us…

         And in the end, when the moment of joyful encounter with the Father draws near, we will enjoy that presence that has no end.

         Many times when life is about to end, that is when we begin to question what I did and did not do, the scale of values I lived by, how I apportioned my time, and above all, what my priorities were.

       While we still can, we can set in motion the answers to the questions above.

.. (Paraphrased by me for better clarity, for purposes of this reflection).



Time is a gift. We can’t hold it; we can’t control it; but we can live it the best we can.

$·       How have we apportioned our time as we go through life? It is not about giving a detailed list of things we are “doing.” Think about the moments of silence, the time we have prayed for ourselves and others, the time we have stopped to admire nature and smell the flowers. That is also making good use of time, enjoying God’s creation, living out a balanced life. How have we been going through life?

$·       If we have not yet reached vital equilibrium, what aspects in our life should we be giving more attention to?

$·       Who are the persons we are invited to spend more time with?