St. Peter was giving a newly arrived soul a tour of heaven. The two of
them were walking 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 sent to God in prayer are
The soul saw that the section was a very busy one with so many
angels sorting out petitions written on voluminous sheets of paper from all
the people of the world.
They resumed walking until they reached the second section. St. Peter
told the soul, "This is the Packaging and Delivery Section. Here, the
graces and blessings are packed and delivered to the petitioners down on
The soul saw how busy it was. There were a great many angels working in
that room because countless blessings were being packed and delivered
Finally, at the farthest corner of the room, they stopped at the last
section. To the surprise of the soul, only one angel was there and
he was idle.
"This is the Acknowledging Section," St. Peter told the soul.
"How is it that no work is being done here?"
"That's the sad thing," St. Peter answered.
"After people on earth received the blessings they asked for, very few
of them bother to send their acknowledgments."
"How does one acknowledge God's blessing?"
"Simple," St. Peter answered. "Just say, 'Thank you, Lord.'"