“When all is over, when the silver cord is loosed and the spirit has returned to Him who gave it, then He who has witnessed its struggles will give it rest. In the meantime, exertions and sacrifices must be made.” (St. Elizabeth Ann Seton)
Mother Seton viewed eternal life as the goal we should have constantly set before us. She urged her Sisters to keep their eyes on Heaven, to faithfully struggle and persevere with determination and joy. She was a perfect role model for them, taking her own sufferings in stride while remaining resolute and cheerful throughout.
St. Peter speaks in his first letter about the reason for our hope of eternal life: “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. (1 Peter 1:3-7)
Everyone has trials and problems in their life, and sometimes it seems so easy to follow the way of the world in order to solve them. But we have a Savior who suffered what we suffer, and who offers us a love that cannot be rivaled. If we remain on the path which leads to Christ and His inheritance, we follow in the footsteps of Mother Seton and the saints. Let us pray for the strength to do so.
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, pray for us!