Sinners keep no account of their sins; but God keeps an account of them, that when the harvest is ripe, that is, when the number of sins is completed, he may take vengeance on them. Put ye in the sickles; for the harvest is ripe (Joel 3:13).
|handwriting on the wall—Mene, Thecel, Phares|
We have also the example of Balthasar, who, after having profaned the vessels of the temple at table, saw a handwriting on the wall—Mene, Thecel, Phares. Daniel came, and in explaining the words, among other things, said: Thou art weighed in the balance, and art found wanting (Dan. 5:27). By these words he gave the king to understand that in the balance of divine justice the weight of his sins had made the scale descend. The same night Balthasar, the Chaldean king, was killed.
There are some who spend their time in investigating the number of the stars, the number of the angels, or the number of years which each one will live.
My brother, it may be that God will pardon you no more after the first criminal pleasure which you indulge, after the first thought to which you consent, or after the first sin which you commit.