St. Nicholas of Tolentino
A model of innocence and purity, St. Nicholas was induced to become a monk by a sermon on contempt of the world.
Sell what you possess, and give alms. Make to yourselves bags which grow not old, a treasure in heaven which faileth not: where no thief approacheth, nor moth corrupteth. Gospel of the Feast — Luke 12
The Imitation of Christ
What return shall I make to Thee for this favor? For it is not granted to all to forsake all things, to renounce the world, and to assume the monastic life.
Listening very attentively to a sermon and carrying out the suggestions of that sermon made Nicholas a saint.
Make yourself realize that this little injunction you are reading has been put here for you. If you were the only student in this school there would be no one else to read it. There is a design of Providence in everything you will hear or read today. If you miss an opportunity today, and fail to respond to one inspiration today, you will miss just that much for eternity. This moment, this day, you will never live again.
This moment is all.