"The present life is given to us only to earn eternal life. If we forget this, we tend to concentrate all our affections on the things of this world....
Believe me, if we want to live as happy pilgrims, we must have in our hearts the hope of that country where we will settle down forever. But at the same time we must believe, and believe with all our hearts (this is a sacred truth!), that God keeps a loving eye on us as we walk toward Him, and never lets anything happen to us that is not for our greater good."
St. Francis de Sales, Letter 1502
Painting: Swieszewski W Alpach