Many years ago now, in my first parish, I visited a man in the hospital. He was soon to die, and we were reviewing his earthly life as it drew near the end. “I came to the church for [my wife],” he said to me, “but now I believe it for myself.” Easy it is to speculate regarding the motives of others, and tempting to judge: one person comes simply for his girlfriend, another for a tuition discount (so I suppose). Yet often have I been proved wrong, for these who seemingly come under noble purposes prove themselves false, while others who seem to have an impious motive show themselves to be very faithful. I neither know the true heart of the person, nor…