We must practice the little virtues. This is difficult sometimes, but the good God never refuses the first grace, which gives courage to conquer self: if the soul corresponds to it she will find that she immediately receives light. I have ever been struck with those words of praise to Judith: “Thou hast done manfully, and thy heart has been strengthened.” (Judith 15:11). We must first act with courage, then the heart is strengthened and we go from victory to victory.
–St. Therese of Lisieux, Counsels and Reminiscences