138. We are inspired to act by the example of all those priests, religious, and laity who devote themselves to proclamation and to serving others with great fidelity, often at the risk of their lives and certainly at the cost of their comfort.
The cost of comfort, sustained over years, if not decades is no small witness, even compared to those who have given their lives in martyrdom. That such people can sustain joy and enthusiasm in the face of long stretches of time that seemingly yield no result is a stirring witness–if we look closely.
Their testimony reminds us that, more than bureaucrats and functionaries, the Church needs passionate missionaries, enthusiastic about sharing true life. The saints surprise us, they confound us, because by their lives they urge us to abandon a dull and dreary mediocrity.