Litte Victories = Eternal Reward


“In the Saints we see the victory of love over selfishness and death: we see that following Christ leads to life, eternal life, and gives meaning to the present, every moment that passes, because it fills it with love and hope.” – Pope Benedict XVI, All Saints Day Address 2012


This message bears much significance in the life of one who suffers, for it is through suffering and loss that your soul is transformed. Suffering becomes a gold mine of heavenly treasure for yourself and heavenly gifts for someone else when endured with patience and cheerfulness.

Every setback you face, every unkind word you receive, every deception you become aware of, everything you love but go without… these become little victories over selfishness and death when you persevere with love.

If we only knew how many opportunities we have during the course of our lives to gain graces and win souls for Christ, we would not regret suffering, but embrace it. Your account in heaven will never go bankrupt. It will never disappear because the market plummeted. The reward for following in Christ’s footsteps as He carried His cross with love is eternal. 

But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal (Matthew 6:20).



  1. Stephen-725391 November 2, 2012 Reply


    Shortly after I posted the above question, I opened an email from a long time friend – does this somewhat answer my question?

    A Holy man was having a conversation with the Lord one day and said, ‘Lord, I would like to know what Heaven and Hell are like.’

    The Lord led the holy man to two doors.

    He opened one of the doors and the holy man looked in.

    In the middle of the room was a large round table..

    In the middle of the table was a large pot of stew,

    which smelled delicious and made the holy man’s mouth water.

    The people sitting around the table were thin and sickly.

    They appeared to be famished. They were holding spoons with very long handles that were strapped to their arms and each found it possible to reach into the pot of stew and take a spoonful.

    But because the handle was longer than their arms, they could not get the spoons back into their mouths.

    The holy man shuddered at the sight of their misery and suffering.

    The Lord said, ‘You have seen Hell. They went to the next room and opened the door. It was exactly the same as the first one.

    There was the large round table with the large pot of stew which made the holy man’s mouth water.

    The people were equipped with the same long-handled spoons, but here the people were well nourished and plump, laughing and talking.

    The holy man said, ‘I don’t understand.

    ‘It is simple,’ said the Lord. ‘It requires but one skill…

    You see, they have learned to feed each other.

    The greedy think only of themselves.’

    When Jesus died on the cross, he was thinking of you.

    Its estimated 93% won’t forward this.

    If you are one of the 7% who will, forward this with the title ‘7%’ .

    I’m in the 7%

    Remember that

    I will always share my spoon with you.


    • Lisa Duffy Author
      Lisa Duffy November 4, 2012 Reply


      Thank you for sharing that beautiful analogy and kind words. Yes, I believe that is what love is all about, serving others.

      – Lisa

  2. Stephen-725391 November 2, 2012 Reply

    “when you persevere with love.” – What does that mean – the ‘love’ part? With love to who? With love to what? With love of who or what? This seem similar to ‘to forgive’.

    The words are easy to say but without a practical understanding of the concept of how it is done – the benefits (it is said they exist) are lost, true or not?


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