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The Peasant In Heaven

Once upon a time a poor pious peasant died and arrived before the gates of heaven. At the same time a very wealthy man arrived at the gates and waited to get in as well.A painting of a peasant wearing a brown hat and jacket.

Eventually Saint Peter came along with the key and opened the door, letting in the wealthy man but apparently not seeing the peasant. He closed the doors before the peasant could get inside.

The peasant stood outside the gates and heard how the wealthy man was received in heaven with all kinds of rejoicing and music and singing. At length all became quiet again and Saint Peter came and opened the gate of heaven so the peasant could finally go in.

The peasant expected that they would make music and sing when he went in also but all remained quiet. He was received with great affection it is true, and the angels did come to meet him, but no one sang.

The peasant asked Saint Peter how it was that they did not sing for him as they had done when the rich man went in, and said that it seemed to him there in heaven things were done with just as much partiality as on earth.

Then said Saint Peter:

“By no means, thou art just as dear to us as anyone else and wilt enjoy every heavenly delight that the rich man enjoys.

But poor fellows like thee come to heaven every day, however… a rich man like this does not come more than once in a hundred years!”