A Good Religious


Perhaps we are not all called to be a religious in the strict sense of the term, but we are certainly all called to be religious. God created us to know, love, and serve Him so that we may be happy with Him forever in the next life. If we are to serve God, then, we must be religious. How?

Thomas à Kempis suggests a prayer: “Help me, O Lord God, in my good resolution and in Thy holy service, and give me grace now this day perfectly to begin, for what I have hitherto done is nothing.”

He also makes another suggestion: “If thou canst not continually recollect thyself do it sometimes, and at least once a day, that is, at morning or evening.” How true are these words! Every professional in every field will maintain the absolute necessity of constant self-analyzation. Now it is the duty of every rational human being to be essentially a professional religious. After all, “The only thing that really matters is getting to heaven.”

If any of us wish to get to heaven, we must recollect ourselves on a daily basis. In the morning, resolve; in the evening, examine. Only by this continual self-analyzation will we make progress in our spiritual lives. Remember, “Blessed is that servant, says the Evangelist St. Luke (XII. 37), whom, when his Lord shall come he shall find watching. Amen, I say to you, he shall set him over all his possessions.”


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