"Since nature opposes what is good, I promise to declare a merciless against myself. My weapons would be prayer, the presence of God, and silence. But, O my Love, You know that I am not skilled in handling these arms. Nevertheless, I will arm myself with sovereign confidence in You, with patience, humility, conformity to Your divine will, and supreme diligence. But where shall I find the aid I need to fight against so many enemies in such a continual battle? Ah! I know! You, my God, proclaim Yourself my Captain, and raising the standard of Your Cross, You lovingly say, 'Come, follow Me; do not fear.'"
~ St. Teresa Margaret Redi OCD