'Why were the saints saints?
Because they loved Me much, hence they never complained.
They were cheerful when it was hard to be cheerful,
patient when it was hard to be patient.
They pushed on when they wished to stand still,
and kept silence when they wished to talk,
and were agreeable when they wished to be disagreeable,
and all this because they loved Me much.'
(from Sheltering the Divine Outcast, compiled by A Religious, The Peter Reilly Co, Philadelphia, 1952, p. 75)
Painting: Childe Hassam; Rainy Day, Boston, detail