[PDF] St. Alphonsus Marie de Liguori – Preparation for death [Boston 1854]
Time is a treasure which is found only in this life; it is not found in the next, either in hell or in heaven. In hell the damned exclaim with tears, O that an hour was given to us! They would pay any price for an hour of time, in which they might repair their ruin ; but this hour they shall never have. In heaven there is no wailing; but, were the saints capable of weeping, all their tears should arise from the thought of having lost the time in which they could have acquired greater glory, and from the conviction that this time shall never again be given to them. A deceased Benedictine nun appeared in glgry to a certain person, and said that she was perfectly happy ; but that, if she could desire any thing, it would be to return to life, and to
suffer pains and privations in order to merit an increase of glory. She added that, for the glory which corresponds to a single Ave Maria, she would be content to endure till the day of judgment the painful illness which caused her death.