Dom Hubert Van Zeller

Benedictine writer, sculptor, cartoonist 1905-1984

"Constantly to accommodate oneself, always to remain flexible and uncomplaining, never to assert what one conceives to be one's rights, and patiently to wait upon God's will: penance finds it highest expression in such attitude. Only when a man can assure himself that he is able to face with equanimity the work, the people, the climate, the food, the leisure, the recognition, and the devotion - in fact, every mortal contingency - that God sends, and recognize it as sent by God, can he begin to talk about penance. Penance begins and ends with this attitude in mind. Whatever penances there are in between are thrown in for good measure, are tokens of generosity."

Spirit of Penance, Path to God, page 119