Legend has it that a traveling pilgrim once found St. Francis of
cultivating a row of beans in his garden. The pilgrim asked Francis, "What
would you be doing right now if you knew this was the last day of your earthly
life?" St. Francis smiled and replied: "I would keep on hoeing this
row of beans." Francis was so at peace with the Lord that the prospect of
meeting him didn’t change his daily plans one bit. Assisi
However, if someone were to us the same question, what would we do?
- Would we rush to tell certain people that we loved them, especially those we hadn’t told in a while?
- Would we run to church; grab our rosary; make an act of contrition?
- Would we apologize to someone?
- Would make a hasty donation to charity?
- Would we start refining our excuses?
- Would we weep with regret? Would we be afraid?
- Or, like St. Francis, would we be filled with peace?
(My book of daily meditations for Lent, to be published by Ave Maria Press in November, is available for pre-order: http://www.amazon.com/Daily-Devotions-Lent-Living-Gospel/dp/1594713634/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1335995419&sr=8-1 )