A newly arrived soul in Heaven was met by St. Peter. The Saint toured
the soul around
Heaven. Both of them
walked side by side inside a large workroom filled with angels.
St. Peter stopped in front of the first section and said, "This is
the Receiving Section. Here, all the petitions to God said in prayer
are received. The soul looked at the section, and it was terribly busy with
so many angels sorting out petitions written on voluminous paper sheets from
all the people of the world. They walked again until they reached the 2nd
section, and St. Peter told the soul, "This is the Packaging and Delivery
Section. Here, the graces and blessings the people asked for are packed
and delivered to the persons who asked for them down on earth." The
soul saw how busy it was. There were so many angels working in that
room, since so many blessing were being packed and delivered to earth.
Finally at the farthest corner of the room, the soul stopped at the last
section. To the
surprise of the soul,
only one angel stayed there idly, doing nothing. "This is the
St. Peter told the soul. "How is it that there is no work here?"
"That's the sad thing,"
St. Peter answered. "After the people receive the blessings they
asked for, very few
send their acknowledgements."
"How does one acknowledge God's blessing?"
"Simple," St. Peter answered. "Just say, 'Thank you, Lord'."