It is true that the longer a person has lived,
the shorter he has still to live;
and the further he is from the day of his birth
the nearer he is to the day of his death
and to the day of recompense for his whole life……
Therefore the time for you to lead a good life grows shorter every day
And so, dearly beloved, take care to use (well)
the time which remains to you….
The more you realize that your task
is hastening toward the end
and that you are approaching your rest and crown,
the more you should progress
by pressing on more resolutely,
preserving more joyfully, courageously comforted.
Do not abandon your undertaking by any lassitude, therefore, but rather for the love of blessed reward
and in hope of divine assistance,
embark on those things which are good for you
and which you have not yet attempted,
so that, with Christ’s guidance,
you may attain the blessed company of the saints.
(Letters 1: 130-31)