Simeon, says the Gospel, was a just, God-fearing man. he was awaiting the consolation of Israel. By the sanctity of his life he had prepared himself to become worthy of seeing and knowing the Messias. The Holy Spirit had made known to him that he would not die without seeing the Redeemer. This promise urged him to become a saint. Why do not the promises of Jesus work the same effect in you? Do you not know that it is through sanctity of life that you can possess Jesus and Mary in life, in death, in eternity? What else do you want? What other blessing could you covet? Why, then, do you not decide as Simeon did to become a saint, so that you also may deserve the happiness to hold Jesus in your arms and know His Holy Mother?