MARTHA AND MARY
In the Church, there are two
kinds of life, the active and the contemplative. The active life is lower
and the contemplative life is higher.
The active life is such that
it begins and ends on earth.
The contemplative life,
however, may indeed begin on earth, but it will continue without end into
eternity. This is because the contemplative life is Mary's part which shall
never be taken away.
The active life is troubled
and busy about many things, but the contemplative life sits in peace with
the one thing necessary.
The Cloud of Unknowing