Saint Thomas Aquinas

Sunday, March 22, 2015

The Soul of the Apostolate- A Necessary Book to be Read.

If you have not read the book 'The Soul of the Apostolate' , it should be next on your spiritual reading list. You can read it for free at the online link above or get it from TAN. The "Heresy of Good Works" is more prominent now than ever. If there is no solidly formed spiritual life where one spends immense time in prayer and meditation, their works are worth absolutely nothing!


HERESY IN GOOD WORKS! Feverish activity taking the place of God; grace ignored; human pride trying to thrust Jesus from His throne; supernatural life, the power of prayer, the economy of our redemption relegated,at least in practice, to the realm of pure theory: all this portrays no merely imaginary situation, but one which the diagnosis of souls shows to be very common though in various degrees, in this age of naturalism, when men judge, above all, by appearances, and act as though success were primarily a matter of skillful organization....

To tell the truth, to hear these mighty men of works talking about their exploits, one might imagine that God Almighty, to Whom it is child’s play to create worlds, and before
Whom the universe is dust and nothingness, cannot get along without their cooperation. Imperceptibly, a number of the faithful, and even of priests and religious, follow this cult
of action to the point of making it a kind of dogma which inspires their attitude and all their actions, and leads them to throw themselves without restraint into a life of extroversion. “The Church, the diocese, the parish, the congregation, the work has need of me,” we can almost hear them say, “God finds me pretty useful.” And if no one dares come right out with such a piece of stupidity, nevertheless there exists, deep down in the heart, the presumption on which it is based and the lack of faith which fomented it....

Full steam ahead! And while the helmsman is admiring the rapidity of his progress, God sees that, since the pilot does not know his job, the ship is off the course and is in danger of being wrecked. What Our Lord is looking for, above all, is adorers in spirit and in truth. But these activistic heretics, for their part, imagine that they are giving greater glory to God in aiming above all at external results....

1 comment:

croixmom said...

Hey Matthew,
First, Happy Easter!
Second, thank you SO MUCH for this book recommendation. My copy just arrived this past Saturday but I didn't have a chance to open the package until just a little bit ago.
Just reading the back cover, I'm hopeful this book will do great things to help me get back on track (on the interior life.)
Thank you. God Bless you.
Dee Dee