I stumbled on a quote from St. Peter Chrysologus, a fifth-century Bishop of Ravenna, that eloquently wraps private devotion and public obligation in a bow. Which wasn’t unusual for Peter: He was known for short, theologically rich sermons, understandable to laity and clergy alike. The quote gives us a great perspective as we plow through Lent:
When you fast, see the fasting of others. If you want God to know that you are hungry, know that another is hungry. If you hope for mercy, show mercy. If you look for kindness, show kindness. If you want to receive, give. If you ask for yourself what you deny to others, your asking is a mockery.
So there. Everything is in balance. The inward and the outward are one. Activists and contemplatives are motivated from different halves of the same mind and introverts and extroverts are kissing one another.
Like harmony and everything. Cool.