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The Soul of the Apostolate
by Dom Jean-Baptiste Chautard, O.C.S.O
In this age of relentless activity, it is easy for Christians, particularly those involved in good works, to fall into the pattern of the activist. But mere activity and material results are not sufficient for a successful apostolate. Dom Chartraud demonstrates that the very foundation of all apostolic work must be the Interior Life. The apostle of Christ will grow to become an instrument and true channel of God’s graces to the world only through prayer, meditation, and the cultivation of the Interior Life. When one is involved in works of spiritual or corporal charity, his work can only be efficacious when he anchors his Interior Life too in Christ. Without Christ, we can do nothing.
Inside you’ll learn about the:
• Pre-eminence of the Interior Life over the Active Life
• Dangers of the Active Life: for you and your apostolate
• The Devil’s special temptations for those working for Our Lord
• Steps necessary in order to develop and grow in the Interior Life
• The necessity of the Interior Life to a successful and spiritually fruitful apostolate
For anyone who would work for Our Lord and for the Church, there is simply no more important book to read and to follow than The Soul of the Apostolate.
About The Author:
Dom Jean-Baptiste Chautard was born in 1858. For many years, he served
as the abbot of Sept-Fons, a Cistercian monastery located in France. Best known for his writings on the apostolate, he emphasized the fact that its fruitfulness depends upon the deep interior life of the apostle. The Soul of the Apostolate was originally published in 1977 and reprinted in 2008. Dom Chautard died in 1935.
Item No: 0444 (Grouped)
Publisher: Saint Benedict Press, LLC
Imprint: TAN Books
Publication Date: 2009
Dimensions: 5.5" x 8.5"
Excerpts From This Book:
"Action relies upon contemplation for its fruitfulness; and contemplation, in its turn, as soon as it has reached a certain degree of intensity, pours out upon our active works some of its overflows. And it is by contemplation that the soul goes to draw directly upon the Heart of God for the graces which it is the duty of the active life to distribute. And so, in the soul of a saint, action, and contemplation merge together in perfect harmony to give perfect unity to his life."
— Dom Jean-Baptist Chautard, p. 62
"One of the most formidable obstacles to the conversion of a soul is the fact that God is a hidden God: Deus A
. But God, in His goodness, reveals Himself, in a certain manner, through His saints, and even through fervent souls. In this way, the supernatural filters through and
visible to the faithful, who are thus able to apprehend something of the mystery of God . . . make no mistake, there is a sort of instinct by which souls, without clearly defining what it is they sense, are aware of this radiation of the supernatural."
— Dom Jean-Baptist Chautard, p. 124-5
"The Church has been uniting her praises to those which the angels and her own elect children have been giving to God in heaven. In this way, she already begins to do, here below, what is destined to occupy her for all eternity. United to the praises of the man-God, this praise, the prayer of the Church, becomes divine and the Liturgy of the earth becomes one with that of the celestial hierarchies in the Court of Christ, echoing that everlasting praise which springs forth from the furnace of infinite love which is the Most Holy Trinity."
— Dom Jean-Baptist Chautard, p. 217