No Virtue Without Sacrifice

I came across this wonderful quote from St. Gregory the Great while reading In Conversation with God by Francis Fernandez this morning.  It is worthy of careful reading and reflection…and sharing with your friends.

A Christian cannot make the mistake which Saint Gregory the Great described as follows: “There are some who wish to be humble, but without being despised, who wish to be happy with their lot, but without being needy, who wish to be chaste, without mortifying the body, to be patient without suffering. They want both to acquire virtues and to avoid the sacrifices those virtues involve: they are like soldiers who flee the battlefield and try to win the war from the comfort of the city.” Virtues cannot be had without effort and trials.   -Volume 4, Page 157

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