Divine Intimacy, by Fr. Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen, O.C.D.
#183 Mary's Prayer
"A little pure love," says Saint John of the Cross, "is more precious in the eyes of God . . . and of more value to the Church . . . than all other works put together (SC, 29,2).
Mary shows us how far we are from the truth when, pressed by the urgency of our works, we make our apostolate consist solely in exterior activity, underestimating the interior apostolate of love, prayer, and sacrifice, on which the fruitfulness of our exterior acts depends.