"I will never give in to discouragement, no matter what fault I fall into. Convinced that I will fall often, I will immediately ask forgiveness of God and will always try to correct myself. Even if I fall one thousand times a day, I will not lose courage, I will not be troubled, I will get up one thousand times and say immediately with peace, 'Nunc Coepi,' which means, 'Now I Begin'. I will recognize my misery, but with equal peace of spirit I will promise God to amend my life......
I will be careful not to form a human concept of God as one who gets tired and aggravated at my weakness, instability and forgetfulness, taking revenge on me by removing necessary graces and help.
These foolish ideas come from our ignorance. We wrong God when we measure him by our own limitations. I will always attribute to him his due, especially his most esteemed attributes: being Good, Merciful, full of Compassion, a loving Father who knows our weaknesses, who tolerates and forgives us. I will be convinced that discouragement is the greatest obstacle in the way of salvation."
(Venerable Father Pio Bruno Lanteri, Founder of the Oblates of the Virgin Mary, 1759-1830.)