The death of those we love brings a troubling awareness of our own mortality. James had that experience when he gazed into a friend’s grave, and it brought him to his senses. He determined to use whatever time he had left to build up treasures in heaven and to build God’s realm on earth. Our time is limited, too. We can use it well or foolishly: The choice is ours. (Franciscan Media)

Blessed James Oldo, please pray for us that we will find the straight path to heaven and remain loyal to Jesus Christ’s teachings throughout our life. (Daily Prayers)