LIGHTS IN THE WORLD
We must aim at and desire everything that
belongs to genuine love. Everything we do must benefit, not only ourselves
but, others also. So, if we cannot give others anything, at least, give them
Heaven is not given to those who sleep or
are idle. It is for dutiful children and good servants; and, for them, the
way is easy and light. Nothing is difficult to the humble.
Why do you love the world which you have to
leave behind or which will leave you even sooner? Instead, love the
things that do not wear out. Let the soul seek after those higher things for
which it was made.
Make friends with angels; seek those things
that made the patriarchs, prophets, apostles and martyrs happy.
While time is granted, you keep the
commandments and be light to the world. Let nothing dark enter your heart.
Just as it is sad that, by and large, the
name of the Lord is blasphemed on account of bad Christians, it is a great
work that His name be glorified because of His servants' holy way of life.
St. Leo the Great