"...since Baptism is a true entry into the holiness of God through incorporation into Christ and the indwelling of his Spirit, it would be a contradiction to settle for a life of mediocrity, marked by a minimalist ethic and a shallow religiosity." --Novo Millennio Inuente [Apostolic Letter] , 31:
"Dear young people, do not be content with anything less than the highest ideals! Do not let yourselves be dispirited by those who are disillusioned with life and have grown deaf to the deepest and most authentic desires of their heart. You are right to be disappointed with hollow entertainment and passing fads, and with aiming at too little in life. If you have an ardent desire for the Lord you will steer clear of the mediocrity and conformism so widespread in our society."--"You Are the Salt of the Earth": Message for World Youth Day, 2002 [7-31-01]
"...it is good to aim high, and not to be content with mediocrity, since we know we can always count on God's help." --Mane Nobiscum Domine [Apostolic Letter], 29:
"Resist the temptation of mediocrity and conformism," --Address to the Members of UNIV 2002, 25 March 2002.