This is no graceful parable but a truth; it is thus a sinner really is, with regard to God his Father. Rouse yourself therefore, you who are grovelling in self-indulgence; what are you doing ? This is not a hard saying, but a merciful one. The way will be hard during the return journey to God, but what will be your reception? Love. And that, a love that gives you all its best.
- St. Alphonsus Liguori
Do not let us be ashamed of flight, for flight from the world is not a disgrace, but an honor.
- St. Ambrose