Friday, November 19, 2004

Contemplation and other ways

"Saint Martha was holy, but we are not told that she was a contemplative.

"What more do you want than to be able to grow to be like that blessed woman, who was worthy to receive Christ our Lord so often in her house, and to prepare meals for Him, and to serve Him and perhaps to eat at table with Him?

. . . . .

"If contemplation and mental and vocal prayer and tending the sick and serving in the house and working at even the lowliest tasks are of service to the Guest who comes to stay with us and to eat and take His recreation with us, what should it matter to us if we do one of these things rather than another?"
from The Way of Perfection, Chapter 17
by St. Teresa of Avila