Ave Maria Meditations
The world’s greatest need is great men, someone who will understand that there is no greater conquest than victory over oneself; someone who will realize that the real worth is achieved, not so much by activity, as by silence; someone who will seek the kingdom of God and His justice, and put in the actual practice the law that it is only by dying to the life of the body that we ever live to the life of the spirit; someone who will brave the taunts of a good Friday to win the joy of Easter Sunday; who will, like a lightning flash, burn away the bonds of feeble interests which tie down our energies to the world; who, with a fearless voice like John the Baptist, will arouse our enfeebled nature out of the sleek dream of unheroic repose; who will gain victories, not by stepping down from the cross and compromising with the world, but who will suffer in order to conquer the world. In a word, what we need are Saints, for Saints are the truly great men.
I assume without further ado that the grace of God is the one thing necessary, and that God will give the grace to those who do His will.
Venerable Fulton Sheen