In the parable of the talents, one servant received five talents, another two and another one. So too, we have all received many, and different, talents from God, for which we will give an account at the end of our life. In this meditation we consider how:
We have all received many talents from God: our life, family, faith, intelligence, education, skills, etc.
Some of these are more important than others and we should use them accordingly
At the end of life we will be judged, not on whether we did better than someone else, but on whether we used well the talents God gave each of us
We should not give in to the temptation to bury, or not use well, certain talents because it would be “too hard”
We should especially develop those talents related to our relationship with God, our family and friends, and our work
In the moment of our death we will undergo a particular judgment which will decide whether we go to hell, purgatory or immediately to heaven. The judge will be Jesus himself, the Son of Man and his judgment will be just as well as merciful. In this meditation we consider how:
we should not care about how others judge us
pride colours our judgment about ourselves
in the particular judgment we will be judged on how we made use of the many gifts God has given us
we can prepare for the judgment by being very sincere in our prayer, our daily examination of conscience and in spiritual direction
Many people these days wonder whether there is such a thing as objective truth: about God, life after death or morality. In this meditation we pray for the grace to discover the truth and to live in accordance with it, so that we may know ourselves and God and be with him forever in heaven.