How to be in the world and not of it is a question which has vexed the religious mind from time immemorial; in fact, it is hardly too much to say that the pathway of history is paved with a mosaic, much of it very beautiful, of shattered efforts to reconcile two apparently irreconcilable states of mind. In despair of finding any resting-place for the soles of their feet in the stress of ordinary affairs, men have been driven into the desert, into lunatic asylums, into all manner of extremes, as their times or temperaments dictated, in the desire to find some way of living the religious life.
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