Dom Chautard 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 truly efficacious when he anchors his Interior Life 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
• Necessity of the Interior Life to a successful and spiritually fruitful apostolate.
For anyone who would work for Our Lord and His Church there is simply no book more important to read and to follow than The Soul of the Apostolate.
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About the Author
Dom Jean-Baptiste Chautard was born in 1858. For many years, he served as the abbot of Sept-Fons, a Cictercian 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.
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I read Catholic 'spiritual' matter daily, and have for years. I discovered this book by accident a couple of months ago, in a library, and it has changed my life. It is among the best I have ever read. Chautard says nothing you do should be an end in itself, but a means to personal sanctity. Works without an 'interior life' are fruitless. Pray, pray, pray.
If you want to make a difference in the world, read this book. This book teaches that even the greatest projects we do are fruitless if it does not begin with prayer. Without prayer, all our work is activism. When you do the work God has given you, souls come to know him in even the smallest details. If you have a love of souls and you want to lead them to Jesus, read this book.