Faith in Christ is not a quid pro quo. God knows what we need to be holy. All that happens in our lives, in our families, in our country, in our Church, and in the world, no matter how seemingly bad, is an opportunity to cultivate and exercise virtue, natural and supernatural. This is why we need to pray perseveringly for the gifts of the Holy Spirit. As Archbishop Martinez says, we need the gifts in order to exercise the virtues, because we are too weak to do so without them.