"The Christian may first quit the battlefield of the world when the Lord comes. Until then he must do everything [he can] to shape this world in a Christian fashion [(christlich)]. Activity like this is no end-in-itself. All Christian culture . . . has only th[is] single point: to facilitate the home-turning of as many souls as possible into the Father's house, into the Church"; to facilitate the assumption of "the whole of humankind into the river of love that is the triune God [(in den Liebesstrom des dreieinigen Gottes)]".
Ignaz Zangerle, "Zur situation der Kirche," Der Brenner 14 (1933/34): 77. This shouldn't be given an escapist sense.