soon your life here will end; consider, then, what may be in store for you
elsewhere. Today we live; tomorrow we die and are quickly forgotten. Oh, the
dullness and hardness of a heart which looks only to the present instead of
preparing for that which is to come!
in every deed and every thought, act as though you were to die this very day. If
you had a good conscience you would not fear death very much. It is better to
avoid sin than to fear death. If you are not prepared today, how will you be
prepared tomorrow? Tomorrow is an uncertain day; how do you know you will have a
good is it to live a long life when we amend that life so little? Indeed, a long
life does not always benefit us, but on the contrary, frequently
you have ever seen a man die, remember that you, too, must go the same way. In
the morning consider that you may not live till evening, and when evening comes
do not dare to promise yourself the dawn. Be always ready, therefore, and so
live that death will never take you unprepared. Many die suddenly and
unexpectedly, for in the unexpected hour the Son of God will come. When that
last moment arrives you will begin to have a quite different opinion of the life
that is now entirely past and you will regret very much that you were so
careless and remiss.
happy and prudent is he who tries now in life to be what he wants to be found in
death. Perfect contempt of the world, a lively desire to advance in virtue, a
love for discipline, the works of penance, readiness to obey, self-denial, and
the endurance of every hardship for the love of Christ, these will give a man
great expectations of a happy death.
can do many good works when in good health; what can you do when you are ill?
not put your trust in friends and relatives, and do not put off the care of your
soul till later, for men will forget you more quickly than you think. It is
better to provide now, in time, and send some good account ahead of you than to
rely on the help of others. If you do not care for your own welfare now, who
will care when you are gone?
present is very precious; these are the days of salvation; now is the acceptable
time. How sad that you do not spend the time in which you might purchase
everlasting life in a better way. The time will come when you will want just one
day, just one hour in which to make amends, and do you know whether you will
then, dearly beloved, the great danger from which you can free yourself and the
great fear from which you can be saved, if only you will always be wary and
mindful of death. Try to live now in such a manner that at the moment of death
you may be glad rather than fearful. Learn to die to the world now, that then
you may begin to live with Christ. Learn to spurn all things now, that then you
may freely go to Him. Chastise your body in penance now, that then you may have
the confidence born of certainty.
foolish man, why do you plan to live long when you are not sure of living even a
will remember you when you are dead? Who will pray for you? Do now, beloved,
what you can, because you do not know when you will die, nor what your fate will
be after death. Gather for yourself the riches of immortality while you have
time. Think of nothing but your salvation. Care only for the things of God. Make
friends for yourself now by honouring the saints of God, by imitating their
actions, so that when you depart this life they may receive you into everlasting
yourself as a stranger here on earth, a pilgrim whom its affairs do not concern
at all. Keep your heart free and raise it up to God, for you have not here a
lasting home. To Him direct your daily prayers, your sighs and tears, that your
soul may merit after death to pass in happiness to the Lord.