So whenever you show greater concern for the common good than for your own, you may know that you are growing in charity (Rule of St. Augustine, 31).
At the Last Judgment, what will separate the sheep from the goats? It won’t be the quantity or quality of the Christian’s theology, or the fervor or frequency of prayers, or the religious customs one observes. It won’t be the monk’s habit, or one’s ecclesiastical status, or the pastoral fame one has attained. No, what will separate the sheep from the goats will be those small, humanitarian acts toward others either done in the name of Christ or omitted through negligence. These humanitarian acts will recommend or not to the Kingdom of God. It is care for others that is the measure of Christian holiness. “Then the righteous will answer him and say, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? When did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?’ And the king will say to them in reply, ‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me . . . what you did not do for one of these least ones, you did not do for me’” (Mt. 25: 37-40, 45).
The mongoose has left, but you can still smell the odor of its musk. (Ntomba)