Commonplace Book #102

There is nothing–not even priesthood, episcopacy, or a religious profession–which cannot be perverted  into a mere means of appeasing a hungry vanity, into an instrument of constant self-service.  In an age in which the Church over the world has made a staggeringly compliant compromise with secularism we have special reason to recall the elementary revolutionary paradoxes of the Christian Message.  The last shall be first and the first shall be last.  A poor woman, who has perhaps even done time in gaol for petty theft, and whose religious activities are restricted to hurried daily prayers and a snatched occasional faithfulness at the altar, may go through a life of scraping and scrubbing and comparative squalor to wake up one day a saint. (For so much she did was done in obedience.) While a brilliant divine may give his thoughts to religious study every day of his life, and write the most perceptive theological treatise of his age, only to wake up one day, in time or out of time, to the realization that it was all done in furtive self-service. (For the Judgement will show him this if he does not learn it before.)

Harry Blamires, The Christian Mind, 91-92.