A brother said to an old man: “There are two brothers. One of them stays in his cell quietly fasting for six days at a time, and imposing on himself a good deal of discipline, and the other serves the sick. Which one of them is more acceptable to God?” The old man replied, “Even if the brother who fasts six days were to hang himself by the nose, he could not equal the one who serves the sick.”
What are we hearing here? The question is clear: When it’s all over, when we have said our last rosary, made our final trip to church, made our last private retreat, fasted every day of our last Lent, and hung by our nose from the steeple of the church as a sign of our eternal commitment to God, will it have been enough to qualify us as saintly?