Today marks the beginning of Lent, the most penitential season of the year. Today's liturgy turns our thoughts toward death (and the beginning of eternal life). What state will our soul be in at the hour of our death? We've probably all heard the saying, "As you live, so shall you die." With this in mind, I'd like to quote chapter 23 of Book I in The Imitation of Christ:
How happy and prudent is he who strives to be such now in this life as he desires to be found at his death.
For it will give a man a great confidence of dying happily if he has a perfect contempt of the world, a fervent desire of advancing in virtue, a love for discipline, the spirit of penance, a ready obedience, self-denial, and patience in bearing all adversities for the love of God.
I hope you all have a fruitful Lent - doing a little, but doing it well. God bless!