So Great a Reward

If man could see what reward he will have in the world above for well-doing, he would never employ his memory, understanding, or will, in anything but good works, without regarding at all what labor or trials he might experience in them. -St. Catherine of Genoa

Blessed Boniface, a Cistercian monk, once desired, on a Christmas Eve, to see the Holy Infant, and the Blessed Virgin appeared to him and placed Him in his arms. Then the Child raised a veil which covered His face, at sight of which the monk exclaimed in ecstasy: “If there were nothing in Paradise but this blessed face, would it not be worth while to suffer all the tribulations in the world, to gain a sight of it?”

For this reason, St. Francis remained content in the midst of sufferings, and said: “So great is the good which I expect, that every pain is a delight to me.”

Text from A Year With the Saints (New York: P.J. Kenedy & Sons, 1891).

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