For St. Peter Canisius, S.J. the source of this supernatural energy seems to have been Christian hope. At every step along the way, the abler men, the stronger initiatives, the brighter enthusiasm seemed to come from the camp of the Reformers.
St. Peter often had to make do with slender means and less significant supporters. He assessed the Catholic situation of his time succinctly: “Peter is asleep and Judas is awake!” Yet, despite the apparent hopelessness of the situation, St. Peter plodded along undaunted.Indeed, over the course of his own apostolic travels, Peter logged something like three miles for every one mile of St. Paul’s. Another biographer comments, “It was here that Canisius’ greatness showed itself—remaining self-assured, going on working apparently without hope and in a vacuum, continuing the lifelong task so faithfully and tirelessly that life itself was consumed in it.”
Link (here) to the Jesuit Scholastic Aaron Pidel's well written and thoughtful piece on one the most important Jesuits in the height of the Counter Reformation.