active contemplative

The Real Lesson from Martha

"Christ in the House of Mary and Martha" (detail) by Johannes Vermeer

“Let’s not be too hasty to set up Martha as the bad sister, nor to judge her service as the problem.” Martha, Martha… Familiar words greet us in this Sunday’s Gospel. Much ink has been spilled on the sisters at Bethany, Mary and Martha. They have long been seen as metaphors for the active and contemplative life, although there’s a […]

Daily Reflection — Lights for Christ

"Charity of St. Elizabeth of Hungary" (detail) by Edmund Blair Leighton

“From this time onward Elizabeth’s goodness greatly increased. She was a lifelong friend of the poor and gave herself entirely to relieving the hungry… “Apart from those active good works, I declare before God that I have seldom seen a more contemplative woman.” (From a letter of Conrad of Marburg, Spiritual Director to St. Elizabeth of Hungary) Today is the […]