Spiritual solids rather than milk
Oh! my God, prayed a generous soul, grant that I may pass through life unnoticed!
This is the wish, or rather the end, of all souls which are deeply devoted and courageous.
Small virtues need the applause of others to sustain them, as little children require encouragement to walk; great virtues go alone through the world, spreading good, performing great acts of self-sacrifice, and never even imagining that what they do is heroic.
Great virtue walks unaided
Oblivion should be especially the motto of a Christian woman. The end of all her efforts should be to gain the protection of God, the love of her family, and the blessing of the poor – nothing more. To attain them there are three means: fidelity, devotedness, and benevolence.
A mother once remarked: I desire to have a son who shall be spoken of by everyone, and a daughter whom nobody speaks of. This is the true limit of a mother’s hope.
– From: Golden Grains, Eighth Edition, M.H. Gill and Son, Dublin 1889