with an army behind you"
So said one of our Dominican Tertiaries, in a reflective moment, during the retreat of the previous weekend. Today he says that he doesn't know where that comment came from (although on the material level, as an officer in the US Army, it's truth is apparent enough to him).
However, on the spiritual plane, I believe it's meaning is captured by the cover of the Legion of Mary Handbook:
And if anyone is ever confronted with the usual nauseatingly condescending comments about celibate men (ie: priests) should not guides to the moral life of married couples, let Henri Lacordiare put the drivel to rest. After the group read Life of Mary Magdalene, there was hardly a dry eye in the house. If you wish to energize and revitalize your marriage (or avoid entering into a dead one), this is a book for you.