When you see the year coming to completion, give thanks to the Lord that he brought you to this period of years. Put your heart at rest, count up the time of your life, say to yourself: The days move quickly and pass by, the years come to an end, we have already traversed much of the road— but what noble thing have we done? We will not go from here empty and lacking all righteousness. The judgment is at the doors. Life presses on and on toward our old age.
St. John Chrysostom