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Blessed Antone-Frederic Ozanam
"[The goal of the St. Vincent de Paul Society] was not to help the poor. This was only a means. Our object was by the practice of Charity to strengthen ourselves in the Faith and to win others for it...Personal perfection and not the eradication of poverty per se is the primary goal of the Society."St. Josemaria Escriva
(From Society of St. Paul)
"There is 'something holy', something divine hidden in the most ordinary situations, and it is up to each one of you to discover it. When a Christian carries out with love the most insignificant everyday action, that action overflows with the transcendence of God. That is why I have told you repeatedly, and hammered away once and again at the idea, that the Christian vocation consists in making heroic verse out of the prose of each day."
(Conversations with Monsignor Escriva)
Dom Lorenzo Scupoli
"The man who has a deep distrust of himself and places great confidence in God is not at all surprised if he commits a fault. He does not abandon himself to confused despair; he correctly attributes what has happened to his own weakness and lack of confidence in God. Thus he learns to distrust himself more, and he places all his hopes in the assistance of the Almighty."
(The Spiritual Combat)