Did you think perhaps, that Community life would be free from crosses? You deceive yourselves. Did you perhaps enter the Society from human motives and not divine --- to escape reproaches at home, to rid yourselves of the yoke of paternal authority, to evade labor in the fields, to suffer no deprivation in your life, and the like? If you love the Society, my dear Brothers, change your minds. Look into yourselves and if you admire virtue, as it exists in others, then you too should practice it incessantly. Let the Society and every one of its members be dear to you. Put aside all hatred, aversion, prejudice and pride. In their place put charity, docility, humility, prudence and a sincere desire for the success of the Community where you are in service. In short, let the Society be your way to heaven, Amen.
- About what or whom is the Lord asking me to "change my mind?"
- Do I expect my spouse, family, religious community, parish, or church to fulfill all my hopes and dreams?
- In what small way today can I take up actions for life, for justice, for charity?
 The First Circular Letter, 1826