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Fr. Ernest Briot

The missionary does God's work, cooperating in the great Missio Dei. "We are all wretched men, brought together by the will of the Master, who is our only hope. If we had powerful means at our disposal we would not accomplish much good; but now that we are nothing, have nothing, and are good for nothing, we are permitted to conceive great projects, because our hope does not rest on ourselves but on Him who is almighty."

Libermann gave advice on how to plan and make decisions. "When you have to undertake something that is important, weigh and discuss the matter in the presence of God. Begin with casting out all prejudices for or against the venture. Don't allow yourselves to be carried away by enthusiasm; never do things hastily; weigh well what you ought to do in a spirit of faith, but at the same time reason things out."