Because you... have not asked for yourself long life nor riches
nor the life of your enemies, but have asked
for yourself understanding to perceive justice;
behold, I have done according to your word...
I give you also what you did not ask,
both riches and honor, so that, all your days,
there shall not be any like you among the kings.
(1 Kings 3:1-13)
To work for fulfillment
in religious life
is much like trying
to catch up with one's own shadow;
each step towards it
makes it recede
by just that much.
as God's free gift,
It cannot be earned,