October 3, 2013

The Monk Who Met Death Joyfully

God will be merciful in His judgements of those who are charitable in their judgements of others. A monk who lay on his deathbed appeared cheerful and joyous.

The abbot wondered. "How is this." he asked. "You will, in all probability, soon appear before the judgement-seat of God, and yet you can be so light-hearted!"

"Father," the dying man replied, "when my brethren have annoyed or wronged me in  any way, I have always put the best construction on their words and actions. Since I have never judged others uncharitably. I venture to hope that I may find mercy in the presence of my Divine Judge. My trust in the hour of death is in Our Lord's words, 'Judge not, that you may not be judged.'"

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