-- Letters 230; O. XII, pp. 329-330
Wednesday, October 03, 2007
It seems to me a shameful thing for a person to come to die without ever having thought of death. This will be doubly shameful for those to whom God has granted a long life. Soldiers who train before they go into battle always do better than those who go rushing around looking for their arms just before the battle begins. It is a good thing to leave this world little by little, withdrawing our love for creatures bit by bit. Trees which are bent over by the wind cannot be transplanted elsewhere because they have left their roots in the ground; so we creatures who are to be transplanted to the land of the living must little by little detach our affections from this world.