“The life of the Church and the spiritual life of every faithful is an incessant struggle. God at times grants periods of splendid, visible and tangible greatness to his Spouse. He gives souls moments of extraordinary internal or external consolation. But the true glory of the Church and the believer results from suffering and fighting: An arid fight with neither sensible beauty nor definable poetry.
“A fight in which one advances sometimes in the night of anonymity, in the mud of indifference or incomprehension, under storms and bombardments unleashed by the united forces of the devil, the world and the flesh. But a fight that fills the angels of heaven with admiration and attracts the blessing of God.”
Plinio Correa de Oliveira