"No matter what efforts I make, I cannot die to myself without His Grace. I am like a frog which, no matter how high it leaps, always finishes back in the mud. No matter how hard I try to escape from myself, I always come back to myself and self-love. Draw me, then, O Lord, draw me after You; for unless You do, I cannot move even one step away from myself."
Dominic Barberi (1792-1849) Italian priest, missionary and theologian