Working for Food That Does Not Perish
So that you may in a few years time pass through this critical period of physical, spiritual, and intellectual development without harm, you must make use of the two means at your disposal; there are no others either from the human or the supernatural point of view, but the first is all-powerful, and the second, which draws its efficacy from the first, will also be most useful to you. These two means are prayer and work.
When you face temptation, doubt, or cowardice, you must not argue or hesitate, or give it to the enemy, but throw yourself into God’s arms. We who are baptized, confirmed in the faith, and children of light must call on the Spirit who is love and life and who never refuses to illumine those who turn to him in fervent prayer: I have already told you that the life of reason and the spiritual life do not have the same methods and are not nourished by the same food. The soul lives by prayer, just as the intellect absorbs intellectual nourishment and the body material substances; the soul dies when it lacks divine warmth, just as the body dies for lack of food and the mind for lack of an education. Someone has said so aptly that prayer is the soul’s breathing in God. Never lose this breath by abandoning interior prayer, which is called grace in us and which gives us life…
Work conscientiously, doing what you can do…The best way to make others appreciate Catholicism is perhaps, to show simply by one’s example what a Catholic is.
You will demonstrate once more that a man may be learned and highly cultured while remaining a humble, fervent Christian. The strength of your convictions joined to a delicate respect for the consciences of others will, perhaps, contribute toward breaking down the absurd prejudice cultivated against us, and you will show successfully that all human knowledge collectively cannot obscure the pure light of God but, on the contrary, can only become more resplendent from its radiance.