Young and inexperienced religious often fall into the mistake of imagining they can convert souls by constant preaching. No, this is not a good way; it only wearies them. If you wish to gain their hearts soften their characters and correct their faults, you must first conciliate and take care of them, showing them much care and consideration. The greater number are ignorant when they come and take pleasure in evil. It is not possible to win them to God except by treating them with extreme consideration.
--St. Mary Euphrasia Pelletier, Conferences and Instructions