Every person at one time or another will die, this is a fact no one can deny. The point is not when will we die, but how shall we die. Will it be in God's grace? Will it be a holy death? At the end, the reason for a holy death will not be because of the amount of money we have accumulated in our bank account. Nor will it be because of all the amazing worldly things we have achieved. The reason will be whether we have lived our life here on earth according to the Will of God.

I recently had a conversation with a man who was well in his seventies. He lamented the fact that his life had been wasted because he never had the opportunity to be a husband or a father. When I asked him what he had done in his life time, he gave an account of many things, which would not have been possible if he had been married.

All his adult life he had been involved with St. Vincent de Paul. He was and still is, the right hand of his parish priest. Every Sunday he availed himself to pick up handicapped people to take them to Sunday Mass. His earlier years were spent as a school teacher, and from what I gathered in the way he talked about his students, had been an excellent role model. Did he waste his life? No! I am sure that he lived his life exactly in the way that God had intended, the single state.

Maybe we should take the opportunity to examine our conscience and ask ourselves this question: "Am I living God's Will in my state of life."

"He who gives his property to God by distributing it among the poor; his honor, by patiently bearing contempt; his body, by fasts and penitential works, gives Him a part of himself. But he who offers God his will, gives Him all he has, and can truly say: "My Lord, after I have given Thee my will, I have nothing more to give." (St Alphonus Liguori)

"You are My friends, if you do the things that I command you." (John 15:14)