What can be sweeter to us, dear brothers, than this voice of the Lord inviting us? Behold in his loving kindness the Lord shows us the way of life. Having our loins, therefore, girded with faith and the performance of good works, let us walk in his paths by the guidance of the Gospel, that we may deserve to see him who has called us in his kingdom (1 Thess. 2:12)
And if we wish to dwell in the tabernacle of this kingdom, we shall never reach it unless we run there by our good deeds.
Rule of St. Benedict, Prologue vv. 19-22