In his recent exhortation Pope Francis encourages us to notice the holiness that the Lord shows us through the humblest of his people. He then quotes these words of Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein):
The greatest figures of prophecy and sanctity step forth out of the darkest night. But for the most part, the formative stream of the mystical life remains invisible. Certainly, the most decisive turning points in world history are substantially co-determined by souls whom no history book ever mentions. And we will only find out about those souls to whom we owe the decisive turning points in our personal lives on the day when all that is hidden is revealed.
We were reminded of the words of our own Constitutions which speak of the monastic life as having "a hidden apostolic fruitfulness." In the mysterious reality of prayer for and in the mystical Body of Christ, we hope that our lives here help to draw the world closer to the heart of Christ.