Things Brought to Heaven
April 18, 2007 5:09am CST
There once was a rich man who was near death. He was very grieved1 because he had worked so hard for his money and he wanted to take it with him to heaven. So he began to pray2 that he might be able to take some of his wealth with him. An angel hears his plea and appears to him.3 "Sorry, but you can't take your wealth with you." The man begs the angel to speak to God to see if He might bend the rules.4 The man continues to pray that his wealth could follow him. The angel reappears and informs the man that God has decided to allow him to take one suitcase with him. Overjoyed, the man gathers his largest suitcase and fills it with pure gold bars and places it beside his bed.5 Soon afterward the man dies and shows up6 at the Gates of Heaven to greet St. Peter7. Seeing the suitcase, St. Peter says, "Hold on8, you can't bring that in here!" But, the man explains to St. Peter that he has permission and asks him to verify his story with the Lord.9 Sure enough10, St.