In the Catholic Church there are some orders. They are full time prayers. They get up at the crack of the dawn and they are down on their hunkers praying away like mad, saying the Rosaries, reciting the breviary, following the liturgy of the Church, contemplating, meditating, reciting, etc. So their minds are completely engrossed in heavenly things.
How could God transform some simple country bumpkins into the heroes of history? By fire and blood. What is the fire? The fire is the Holy Spirit. What is the blood? The blood is the blood that Jesus shed on the cross to wash away our sins. Jesus chose the 12 apostles, and they were a motley bunch. He managed to blend them and made them into one of the greatest forces of history of mankind, using blood and fire.
Are you a Martha or are you a Mary? In this world we have many different types of people. What kind of type is Martha? Martha is somebody who really gets down to it. If there is a job to be done she will be there. And she happened to look through the door.Ant there was Mary sitting at the feet of Jesus with adoring eyes looking into his face. She was drinking it all up. She memorized every word that he said.
All religions have to learn to get along with each other. Actually there is no other alternative. Let’s look at things close at home. Let’s examine simply religious development in China. The whole thing probably started off with animism. This animistic religion kind of joined up with philosophical Daoism. Then Buddhism appeared in China about two thousand years ago. Daoism and Buddhism influenced each other. And then we had the teaching of Confucius.