We cannot escape God’s justice by denying Him, but His friendship is easy to evade. He never forces our love. The surrender of the will to God is all important in conversion because of this: God will not destroy our human freedom. He will not even give proofs so absolutely overpowering as to destroy all choice, for He always leaves a margin for love. Therefore a necessary prelude to conversion is a spirit become docile, teachable, and humble. For if we think we know it all, not even God can teach us.
--Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, Peace of Soul