St Madeleine Sophie Barat was initially attracted to the Carmelites, a contemplative religious institute devoted to prayer whose members live in enclosure. Sophie became convinced that, rather than withdrawing from the world into prayer, God wanted her to combine prayer with action in the world.
– are your prayer and action part of a single movement like breathing in and breathing out?
– do your give more weight to prayer or to action?
– in what areas could your contemplation of the world and your action in it be more congruent?