"Of what use to me is all I learn in school if I do not become holy?" (St. Francis de Sales, Doctor of the Church)

"Living well is not only doing good things but doing them well, choosing them in a right way and not simply acting on impulse or emotion. Right choosing involves having a right goal and suitably acting to achieve that goal." (St. Thomas Aquinas, Doctor of the Church)

"God wishes us to be meek even towards ourselves. When a person commits a fault, God certainly wishes him to humble himself, to be sorry for his sin, and to purpose never to fall into it again; but he does not wish him to be indignant with himself, and give way to trouble and agitation of mind; for while the soul is agitated, a man is incapable of doing good.” (St. Alphonsus Liguori, Doctor of the Church)

"[I]t is to those who have endured voluntary sufferings in this life that the reward of virtue is vouchsafed" (Pope Leo XIII, "Octobri Mense", 1891)

"The more we indulge ourselves in soft living and pamper our bodies, the more rebellious they will become against the spirit." (St. Rita of Cascia)

"Man’s path on earth is sacrifice. We cannot go out from evil except by the way of self-resistance, nor keep our footing on good ground but by constant combating." (Gueranger)

"It is also true that we should practice mortification in many things to make reparation for our sins. There is no doubt that the person who lives without mortifying himself is someone who will never succeed in saving his soul." (St. John Vianney)

"The road and ascent to God, then, necessarily demands a habitual effort to renounce and mortify the appetites; the sooner this mortification is achieved, the sooner the soul reaches the top. But until the appetites are eliminated, one will not arrive no matter how much virtue is practiced." (St. John of the Cross, Doctor of the Church)

"He that is the Lord’s portion or who has the Lord for his portion must so conduct himself that he both possesses the Lord and is possessed by the Lord" (St. Jerome, Doctor of the Church, c. 394 A.D.)

"A great dignity, but great too is the responsibility; placed high in the eyes of men they must also be lifted up to the peak of virtue before the eye of Him who seeth all; otherwise their elevation will be not to their merit but to their damnation." (St. Lawrence Justinian)

"In the Conferences of the Fathers (Collatationes i,7) abbot Moses speaking of religious says: ‘We must recognize that we have to undertake the hunger of fasting, watchings, bodily toil, privation, reading, and other acts of virtue, in order by these degrees to mount to the perfection of charity.’" (St. Thomas Aquinas, Doctor of the Church)

"A priest ought to be in no place where his Master would not go, nor employ in anything which his Master would not do." (Cardinal Manning)

"The priest must be so pure that, if he were to be lifted up and placed in the heavens themselves, he might take a place in the midst of the Angels." (St. John Chrysostom, Doctor of the Church)

"He that is the Lord’s portion or who has the Lord for his portion must so conduct himself that he both possesses the Lord and is possessed by the Lord" (St. Jerome, Doctor of the Church, c. 394 A.D.)

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