The wellbeing of the head resounds throughout the whole body, and as are the Superiors, so, in turn, will their subjects be.
Experience proves that in this life peace and satisfaction are had, not by the listless but by those who are fervent in God's service. And rightly so. For in their effort to overcome themselves and to rid themselves of self-love, they rid themselves of the roots of all passion and unrest.
It is certain that, because the negligent do not struggle against self, they never achieve peace of soul or do so tardily, and never possess any virtue in its fullness, while the energetic and industrious make notable advances on both fronts.
We should not have a petty regard for God's gifts, though we may and should despise our own imperfections.
William Ivey Long