Failure is something we try to avoid. So before starting a new project, the New Testament (Christ) advises you to consider your resources and those of your opponent personified (the devil). Do I have the perseverance? Do I have the knowledge? Do I have the strength, the skill? Can I withstand the criticism? Or as Donald Trump might have asked, do I have the judgment?
Of course you have to expect some failure in life. Sometimes it takes a lifetime to recover. But if you sowed good seed, and helped people, I think it was worth it. In the heavenly kingdom, which begins here, intentions count, besides the results. You wanted to be a Christian, a Catholic, so appraise the opposition. You know where to get help, and auxiliary forces sometimes win the battle.
Yes, parts of this life are a battle, at least that’s what the Swiss in me, which comes from a long past warrior tradition, says. Sit up, there! The vanguard is calling! Sound the drum! Unfurl the banners. Hold the halberd tight!