“Like Christ himself, the apostles were unceasingly bent upon bearing witness to the truth of God. They showed special courage in speaking ‘the word of God with boldness’ (Acts 4:31) before the people and their rulers. With a firm faith they held that the gospel is indeed the power of God unto salvation for all who believe.... They followed the example of the gentleness and respectfulness of Christ” (Vatican II, Declaration on Religious Freedom, 11).
"Lord Jesus, our Savior, let us now come to you: Our hearts are cold; Lord, warm them with your selfless love. Our hearts are sinful; cleanse them with your precious blood. Our hearts are weak; strengthen them with your joyous Spirit. Our hearts are empty; fill them with your divine presence. Lord Jesus, our hearts are yours; possess them always and only for yourself.” (Prayer of Augustine, 354-430)
"The person poor in spirit calls upon God's mercy without knowing how much alms he will receive from God. He does not know whom God will use or by what means He will implement His support. Such a person only knows to expect everything from God, for He is that person's only reliance."
(God Alone Suffices, Third Edition, pg. 131)
Not that they became apostles through being chosen for some distinguished peculiarity of nature, since also Judas was chosen along with them. But they were capable of becoming apostles on being chosen by Him who foresees even ultimate issues. Matthias, accordingly, who was not chosen along with them, on showing himself worthy of becoming an apostle, is substituted for Judas.
(Clement of Alexandria)
"From then on, John will resolve all important matters with the Mother of God, asking her to intervene in all of his experiences - even the most personal ones. He wants her to lead him like a mother leads her child. You also begin to build your interior relationship with Mary - just like that of a little child with its mother who loves it. Introduce her into the most intimate dimension and realms of your life."
(In the Arms of Mary, pg. 160)