" "Your service is of no use to me, it is by serving your neighbor that you can serve Me." – Jesus to St. Catherine of Siena

Monday, January 16, 2017

Monday Musings - Your Horse or Your Soul?

Father Winfrid Herbst, S.D.S. wrote The Way to God in 1947 at a time when the Catholic Church had not yet lost sight of its primary purpose - the salvation of souls. As will be clear from the following excerpt, however,  not all Catholics back then made the salvation of their souls a personal priority.  


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“Some people, who do not pray much and who do not make their work prayer by living in the state of grace and doing everything with a good intention, spend hours and hours every day on other things but only a few minutes on their souls.


It reminds me of a priest who asked a man who was caring for his horse how much time he spent every day caring for the animal. He said, ‘About two hours.’ The priest asked him how much time he spent every day caring for his soul. 

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He said, ‘A few minutes.’ Whereupon the good priest answered, ‘Since that is the case, if I belonged to you I would rather be your horse than your soul.’ 


Some of those odd stories are really thought provoking.”

(From The Way to God by Father Winfrid Herbst, S.D.S.)

Some observers would suggest that even far fewer contemporary Catholics pay any attention to their souls. Rarely is the need to do so discussed in Church - God being so merciful, you know.

May Father's "odd story" prompt us to pay more attention to our eternal souls today than to our horses and other possessions. Remember, none of us are promised a tomorrow.

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