by Richard Long
There is a story that Anthony de Mello S.J. gives in his One Minute Wisdom teachings about a certain Abbot who, while being gracious to all his disciples could not conceal his preference for those who lived “in the world” – the married, the merchants, the farmers – over those who lived in the monastery. When he was confronted about this he said, “Spirituality practiced in the state of activity is incomparably superior to that practiced in the state of withdrawal.”
I find this encouraging, because as we seek to “pray without ceasing” it is clear we need to learn to do that in the regular work-a-day world that most of us inhabit.