Here is what St. Theophan the Recluse says in his letter to the nuns of St. Sophia-Usmansky Convent regarding the lives of the Saints and how we can kindle within us the holy zeal by imitating our Holy Fathers and Mothers.
"To this exciting contemplation, add also this: renew in your memory, as much as you can, examples of zeal drawn from the lives of the saints. Read "Lives of Saints" and collect in your memory how people of God tirelessly labored-men and women, not sparing their strength, not even their lives. And then, at every free minute, remember Saint Eudocia, Pelagia, Syncletica, Sarah, Theodora, Euphrosyne the Egyptian, Mary of Egypt, Eupraxia, Febronia, Euphrosyne of Suzdal and Polotsk and others, with all their labors of inward asceticism. Remember them not idly, but add to that memory the indispensable conviction that all of you, too, should be like them, like these venerated virgins. And every such thought will be a segment of help and encouragement for the future relay. As in a race one runner encourages the intensity of another, or as you yourselves work together, one before another, hastening not to lag behind, so also will your thoughts of great labors zealously accepted by holy women ascetics increase your own zeal."
Let us read together the lives of the Saints that we may learn from their example, be encouraged in our spiritual lives and to kindle the divine zeal within us to do every good work to the glory of God the Father. Amen.