The rose does not need to prove itself or convert you to its side. It knows it is a rose. In fact, its inner authority might well be so pressing and demanding that you might say to the rose, as did Francis de Sales, “Stop shouting!”
If Christianity relied on its inner authority, the weight of its truth and the sheer power of genuine goodness, the world would also say to Christians, “I hear you; stop shouting!” And we would not have preached a sermon or spoken a single word.
-from Near Occasions of Grace
St. Francis of Assisi once said, Preach the gospel at all times and if necessary use words. St. Catherine of Siena said, if you are what you should be you’ll set your world on fire.
Lots of wisdom in those quotes. Makes me wonder what would happen if we spent more time being what we’re called to be and less time telling others what they should be.