Do you wish to hear something very affecting, which you will not find in your books?
If so, listen to the relation of a simple herdsman:
“I forget who it was that said to me one day: Jean Baptiste, you are very poor. That is true, I replied. If you were to fall sick, you and your wife and children would be without resources. That is true, I said, and I felt anxious the rest of the day.
“In the evening, at the Angelus, my thoughts became wiser, and I said to myself: Jean Baptiste, you are more than thirty years upon earth, you have never possessed anything, and, nevertheless, you live; each day you have had nourishment, and every night repose. As to trouble, God has never sent you more than your share; as to succour, you have had as much as was necessary for you. Who has given thee all this?
” God, I answered.
“Jean Baptiste, be no longer ungrateful, and banish anxiety from your mind; for what can induce you to think that when you grow old, when you have more wants, the hand from which you received so much will be closed? I said my prayers, and my anxiety was at an end for ever.”
– From: Golden Grains, Eighth Edition, H.M. Gill and Son, Dublin 1889