How canst thou find in creatures that which exists not in them? Can anyone give what he does not possess?
Do not wonder at this, My Child:
thy heart is not made for this world.
Therefore, whatever this world contains is
unworthy of thy noble destiny and of thy heart’s affection.
Thou art created for greater things,
thou art born for things everlasting,
thou art destined to things without limit.
Do not then give thyself up to what is low and mean,
since thou art made to rule forever.
What could it avail thee to gain the whole world,
if thou shouldst lose thy soul?
Surely, thou wouldst be twice unhappy:
here, on account of the wicked state of thy conscience,
thou wouldst suffer a torturing agony;
hereafter, thou wouldst have to undergo misery
Blessed, therefore, is he who spurns whatever may mislead the heart;
who nobly casts aside every obstacle to true felicity;
who, mindful of his noble destiny,
seeks happiness above all in his Creator.