To render the war short and its success sure, animated and systematic exertions alone are necessary, and the success of our arms now may long preserve our country from the necessity of another resort to them. The central question before us is: How shall we use that peace? Let us resolve that this era we are about to enter will not be what other postwar periods have so often been: a time of retreat and isolation that leads to stagnation at home and invites new danger abroad. His day began with an heroic offering of its every moment of thought or action for the intentions of the sovereign pontiff and with an early mass. "No, never--from the hour you came back.