We esteem, honor, and love the apostles more than the other saints, because they served God more faithfully and because they loved Him more perfectly.
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.
While studying at Barcelona, Ignatius was in doubt whether, after completing his studies, he should enter some Religious Order, or go from place to place, according to his custom. He decided to enter upon the religious life.
We should not have a petty regard for God's gifts, though we may and should despise our own imperfections.
Casper Van Dien
R. C. Sproul