“The stillness of prayer is the most essential condition for fruitful action.
Before all else, the disciple kneels down.”
St. Gianna Molla
(a new season’s little figs to be / Julie Cook / 2020)
Man not only should possess the fruits of the earth, but also the very soil,
inasmuch as from the produce of the earth he has to lay by provision for the future.
Nature must have given to man a source that is stable and remaining always with him.
And this stable condition of things he finds solely in the earth and its fruits.
Pope Leo XIII
from Rerum Novarum
“We can’t have full knowledge all at once.
We must start by believing; then afterwards we may be led on to master the evidence for ourselves.”
St. Thomas Aquinas
(Julie Cook / 2019)
“Action relies upon contemplation for its fruitfulness; and contemplation, in its turn,
as soon as it has reached a certain degree of intensity,
pours out upon our active works some of its overflow.
And it is by contemplation that the soul goes to draw directly upon the Heart of God
for the graces which it is the duty of the active life to distribute.
And so, in the soul of a saint, action and contemplation merge together
in perfect harmony to give perfect unity to his life.”
Dom Jean-Baptist Chautard, p. 62
An Excerpt From
Soul of the Apostolate