"As he left the chapel that morning the saint could not restrain his gladness. 'Oh! how beautiful is religion!' he exclaimed. 'I was thinking a little while ago that between our Lord and these good religious, his mystic brides, there took place a contest in generosity. But, do what they may, our Lord invariably proves the winner. The Sisters said: 'I renew my vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience.' Yet it was they who received most, for I, in my turn, said: 'May the Body of our Lord Jesus Christ keep thy soul unto life everlasting.'"
The Curé d'Ars, as quoted by Abbé Francis Trochu, in his The Curé d'Ars: St Jean-Marie-Baptiste Vianney (1786-1859) according to the Acts of the process of canonization and numerous hitherto unpublished documents, trans. Dom Ernest Graf, O.S.B. (London: Burns Oates & Washbourne Ltd., 1951 ), 370-371.