Look forward to the good there is yet to be done.
Once you start a thing, see it through.
The feet will go to the place the heart is.
Always do what is expected of you, and more, much more. 
When one reads Sister Mary Buckner’s History of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, Kansas, one encounters a number of Mother Xavier’s sayings memorialized in the recounting of the community’s history. But one also occasionally encounters a saying entirely omitted from the booklets. Take, for example, this gem:
And I never felt any inclination to shout until after I had become a Catholic.
A shouting sister is not the kind of sister described in the community’s original rule. In fact, The Regulations for the Society of Sisters of Charity in the United States of America according to the order of Saint Vincent de Paul contain a multitude of rules pertaining to the content and quality of sisters’ spoken words. The rule largely calls for silence and notes “even in the time, in which [sisters] are permitted to converse together, they shall avoid speaking too loud, but they will endeavor to speak always in a moderate tone of voice….” There was not much leeway for shouting.
Mother Xavier’s comment must be taken in its original context – the Second Great Awakening, an American religious revival movement of the late 18th and early to mid 19th century. Evangelical zeal for conversion penetrated not only Protestantism, but also Catholicism, especially in the frontier regions of Ohio and Kentucky. Catholics on the frontier not only encountered more Protestants than eastern Catholics did, but also found opportunities to gain allies and converts among Protestants. Charismatic Catholic priests were much needed on the frontier – priests who could not only administer the sacraments, but also deliver rousing sermons and set hearts aflame for Christ. It is possible that the ‘shouts’ of such a Catholic priest were responsible for Mother Xavier’s own conversion to Catholicism as a teenager!
Mother Xavier’s comment about shouting was offered in response to her mother’s doubts about her husband’s (Mother Xavier’s father’s) vocation. Richard Ross, as a Methodist preacher, was lacking in the eyes of his own wife. “I doubt your father ever had much religion,” Elizabeth Taylor Ross said, “for I have never yet heard him shout.” Mother Xavier’s response about her own inclination to shout reveals the depth of her fervor for her new-found faith. Her passion for Christ was so great that even she – a reserved Sister of Charity – would shout it out.
 Mary Buckner, History of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, Kansas (Kansas City, Mo.: Hudson-Kimberly Publishing Co., 1898), 34.
 Handwritten Copy of the Regulations (Rule) and Constitution, with Editorial Changes, circa 1857. Chapter 3, Article 2, Paragraph 4. Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth (Kan.) Constitutions and Supporting Documents, 1857-2008. SCLCR002. Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Archives, Leavenworth, Kansas.
 John R. Dichtl. Frontiers of Faith: Bringing Catholicism to the West in the Early Republic (Lexington, KY: University Press of Kentucky, 2008), 19-48.
 Buckner, History of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, Kansas, 34.