A pious person once wrote; I endeavour to occupy as small a place as possible in my family, to be contented with everything; never to believe that any one had the intention of being on bad terms with me.
If they are kind and attentive, I enjoy it; if they forget me and leave me, I feel always glad to be alone. It all helps towards the end which, in order to please God, I have in view. That end is detachment from self.
– From: Golden Grains, Eighth Edition, M.H. Gill and Son, Dublin 1889