In our era, the road to holiness necessarily passes through the world of action.
Give us grace and strength to forbear and to persevere. Give us courage and gaiety and the quiet mind. Spare to us our friends, soften to us our enemies. Bless us if it may be in all our innocent endeavors; if it may not, give us strength to encounter that which is to come, that we may be brave in peril, constant in tribulation, temperate in wrath. And in all changes of fortune and down to the gates of death, loyal and loving to one another.
- Robert Louis Stevenson