THE ART OF DYING WELL
We have seen the three
theological virtues: Faith, Hope and Charity. We have seen the three moral
virtues: Piety, sobriety and justice. Now let us see the three works of the
virtues: prayer, fasting and good works. Piety, like prayer, has to do with
God. Sobriety, like fasting, has to do with oneself. And justice, like good
works, has to do with our neighbors.
Though God knows what we
need, He insists that we pray. "You must always pray and never lose
We can really pray in
public or in secret. Whatever we do, we must never do so for vainglory.
Prayer enlightens the mind.
He who fixes his eyes upon God will surely be enlightened. Prayer nourishes
the virtues. He who often talks to Him increases in holiness. Prayer
enkindles love; for as often as you talk to Him, the more love grows. And
prayer increases humility and fear; for prayer makes us realize we are
beggars. And he who needs God's help in all things is most careful to avoid
offending Him. Prayer makes us despise all temporal things; for he who looks
at God inevitably considers all earthly things as cheap. In prayer, one
tastes the sweetness of the Lord.
St. Robert Bellarmine