Since the Lord has called us as part of the Church to serve him in our fellow men and women, we look upon our whole life as a following of Christ, who spent himself, even unto death, for the salvation of others (Const. 20.2).
A missionary bishop who had been a simple religious served many years in the missions. As an old man he returned to his abbey to retire. A short time afterwards, he died. During his wake, some of his confreres, looking at his body, were astonished. They said, “But he looks so worn out!” Another confrere standing close by, a bit wiser, remarked, “Why are your so surprised? Certainly he looks worn out! What would you expect for a man who gave everything for the Gospel?” What joy for the good servant to return to his Creator at the end of his earthly life completely empty. Every gift used, every strength spent, every resource employed, nothing remains but to be embraced as comrade by him who already passed by that way and who lives eternally, Christ, who died and rose.
Fighting with a leopard will mean getting clawed. (Yaka)