St. John of the Cross, pray for us!
I don't want those who have been reading my Advent Sunday posts to misunderstand me. Prayer is essential. I would make a grave mistake, if I were to put aside private devotions because I think God is calling elsewhere. It's from prayer that we hear God's voice.
In celebration of St. John of the Cross, I offer this writing of his, to be considered along with the Brother Lawrence quote.
Let those, then, who are singularly active, who think they can win the world with their preaching and exterior works, observe here that they would profit the Church and please God much more, not to mention the good example they would give, were they to spend at least half of this time with God in prayer. . . They would then certainly accomplish more, and with less labor, by one work than they otherwise would by a thousand. . . Without prayer they would do a great deal of hammering but accomplish little, and sometimes nothing, and even at times cause harm. God forbid that the salt should begin to lose its savor (Mt. 5:13). However much they may appear to achieve externally, they will in substance be accomplishing nothing; it is beyond doubt that good works can be performed only by the power of God.
Spiritual Canticle 29.3