Fight all error, but do it with good humor, patience, kindness, and love. Harshness will damage your own soul and spoil the best cause. – St. John of Kanty

We must learn to guard our hearts. Even if we see everyone else risking theirs, even if we feel out of place, even if it means not getting a shortcut to reaching a goal we desire, we must protect what’s within us.

We cannot exchange outward success to our inner ruin. We can never find happiness if we lose the substance of who we really are.

Under all circumstances, guard your heart. For what use is everything else if we lose what’s truly important in us?

How could we ever find happiness when we have ruined the heart, which alone can taste love and beauty and joy?

With all vigilance guard your heart,
for in it are the sources of life.
-Proverbs 4, NABRE