“Do not think that all the world is going to destruction. The grace of our Saviour works admirably in a great number of souls, and indeed in all those who humbly correspond with it. . . . Certain persons there are in the world who, overcome by grief at seeing all the evil which in fact is done, and the great numbers of people who appear to live only to offend God,—such persons allow themselves to be seized with a melancholy which makes them look crookedly at all things. . . . Do not allow yourself to be overtaken by this melancholy idea, which is good for nothing but to oppress the heart, and make you give vent to useless lamentations. In the world, it is true, there are many wicked people, and these are also more numerous than the good. But of the good there are also a great number, a most consoling number, who are the delight of our Lord. . . . Among this number you may be, provided that you desire it.”
Joseph Frassinetti, The Consolation of the Devout Soul, trans. Georgiana Lady Chatterton (London: Burns and Oates, 1876), quoted on Saintly Sages.