When we reflect upon the events of the Reformation and the lives of those caught up in it we often find people of great faith and courage. But we forget that The Church, while one, was not always together. We know of some saints whose heroic efforts turned the tide against separation and towards reform but we also know of the everyday saints, those in the trenches, far removed from illiterate priests, absent bishops, Cardinal princes, and papal fops. Bishops, priests, religious, communities, and laity, all guided by the Holy Spirit contributed to the fact that the Church survived and flourishes.
Answer me when I call, my saving God. When troubles hem me in, set me free; take pity on me, hear my prayer. How long, O people, will you be hard of heart? Why do you love what is worthless, chase after lies? Know that the LORD works wonders for his faithful one; the LORD hears when I call out to him. Tremble and sin no more; weep bitterly within your hearts, wail upon your beds, Offer fitting sacrifices and trust in the LORD. Many say, “May we see better times! LORD, show us the light of your face!” But you have given my heart more joy than they have when grain and wine abound. In peace I will lie down and fall asleep, for you alone, LORD, make me secure.
-- Psalm 4