Nothing is so beautiful as a pure soul . . . Purity comes from heaven; we must ask for it from God. If we ask for it, we shall obtain it. We must take great care not to lose it. We must shut our heart against pride, against sensuality, and all the other passions, as one shuts the doors and windows that nobody may be able to get in. What joy it is to the guardian angel to conduct a pure soul! . . .The more pure we have been on earth, the nearer we shall be to Him in heaven . . . My children, we cannot comprehend the power that a pure soul has over the good God.
– St. John Vianney