Thoughts for the Week - Fr R Taouk
7th August 2016
The Great Reward of Those Who Renounce Their Own Will
by Rev. Fr. D. Chisholm
Sometimes we hear pious people say that they would be Saints
if only they were in a convent or monastery, where
everything around them would speak to them of God, but that
it is impossible for them to be so at home in the midst of
the noise and bustle of the world. This is a great mistake;
it is as easy, and sometimes easier, to become a Saint at
home than in the cloister. We can all become Saints in the
place where God has put us, if we only try.
One of the ancient Fathers in the desert had a vision of
Heaven. He saw there, as it were, four different companies
of Saints placed one above the other in glory.
The lowest group was composed of those who, while on earth,
had been afflicted with sickness and bodily infirmities, and
had borne them patiently for God's sake. The second group
consisted of those who had in this life been kind to
strangers and the poor, and had spent their lives in acts of
charity towards their neighbour. In the third group were
those holy solitaries who for Christ's sake had left the
world to seek only the kingdom of God by a life of prayer
and penance. All these were enjoying great happiness in
God's holy presence.
But the fourth group was still more glorious; and those who
composed it seemed to possess even a greater happiness than
the others. The solitary asked the Angel who showed him
these things who those were who formed that glorious
Those whom you see so high up and so beautiful, answered the
Angel, are those who, when in the world, had been obedient.
The others served God well, therefore they are now enjoying
the reward of their fidelity. But in their good works there
was much that was agreeable to themselves. But those who
were obedient renounced their own will to submit themselves
to the will of others whom God had placed over them, and for
this God has bestowed on them a higher degree of glory.
Learn, then, from this example how agreeable to God is
The Catechism in Examples.