A Higher Calling

When any one has to choose a state of life, and wishes to know what he should do for the good of his soul, let him first strip himself of every inclination of his own, and place himself generously in the hands of God, equally ready for whatever He may call him to. Then let him apply some Gospel-truths to the matter, draw from them their legitimate consequence, and see how they relate to the ultimate end for which God has created us. If he still remains uncertain, let him imagine himself on his deathbed, or before the judgment-seat, which will teach him to do what he will then wish he had done. -St. Ignatius of Loyola

A pious lady, being asked by a poor man for some clothing, ordered her servant to bring him a shirt. When she brought one that was coarse and torn, she told her to find a better one, adding that it would cause her much shame if Christ, on the day of judgment, should show that shirt to all the world.

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

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