Legionaries should prove the sincerity of their words bypouring out their love and service in every permitted form.
11. THE COLLECTING OF MONEY
Much in the same category as relief-giving, and coming under the same ban,would lie the regular utilisation of the legionary visitation for the purposeof collecting money.
Such might secure the money, but never the atmosphere for the accomplishment ofspiritual good and would represent a supreme example of the policy known as"penny-wise, pound foolish."
12. NO POLITICS IN THE LEGION
No legionary body shall allow its influence or its premises to be used for anypolitical purpose or to aid any political party.
13. SEEK OUT AND TALK TO EVERY SOUL
The essence of religious work is its desire to reach every individual, to takeinto the sphere of its apostolate not merely the neglectful, not alone thehousehold of the Faith, not only the poor or the degraded, but ALL.
Especially the most repulsive forms of religious neglect must not intimidatethe legionary.
But who will deny that a far higher place isheld by that zeal and effort which applies itself to the work of instructionand persuasion, and thereby bestows on souls not the passing benefits of earthbut the goods that last forever." (AN)
As many instances have shown that this rule can be interpreted too narrowly, itis necessary to state that works of service do not constitute material relief.
Information maybe sought, books asked for, and from all this still greater things may come.
10. MATERIAL RELIEF PROHIBITED
Material relief must not be given - even in the smallest ways; and experienceshows that it is necessary to mention that old clothing belongs to thiscategory.
In ruling thus, the Legion does not slight the act of relief-giving in itself.
Why, it may be argued, should a poor man who is in partnership with amillionaire, exhaust himself to contribute an extra penny to the alreadyoverflowing common purse?
It is necessary, therefore, to emphasise a principle which must govern the attitudeof the legionary towards his work.
In a contingent world necessity is a conspiracy of accidents.
This principle of the necessary inter-action of boundless faith with intenseand methodical effort is expressed in another way by the saints, when they saythat one must pray as if all depended on that prayer and nothing on one's ownefforts; and then one must strive as if absolutely everything depended on thatstriving.
There must be no such thing as proportioning the output of effort to one'sestimate of the difficulty of the task, or of thinking in terms of "justhow little can I give to gain the object in view?" Even in worldlymatters, such a bargaining spirit constantly defeats itself.
Work is necessary to enable the machine to function.
But it must regardas its special charge those under instruction and the newly converted who aregradually educated in knowing and living the Christian life." (PO 6)
"God-made-Man found it necessary to leave his Mystical Body upon earth.
The necessity for this regulation is obvious.
Hence the earnestness and honesty with which the defenders of free-will assert at once two incompatible things: indetermination and power. They are expressing the life of matter, which is indeed not determined exactly to reproduce its previous forms, but tumbles forward to fresh collocations; and the power in it is truly internalnot a compelling magic exercised by any fixed form, energising either out of the past or out of the future, but indeed a potentiality or propensity within the substance concerned, a part of that blind impulse and need to shift which is native to existence; and as this universal dance was groundless in the beginning, so it remains groundless at every stage and in every factor, whether the figures of it be novel or habitual. This groundless pervasive power, with its tireless inner monotony and its occasional outward novelties, is matter thumping in the hearts of free-willists much more loudly than in those of their opponents. Believers in necessity have caught sight of some essencea law or habit or rule of some kindwhich they make haste to clap upon nature, as if nature had no further depth, and they had touched bottom with their proverbs; as knowing people are always incredulous of things not within their experience or their books. At some depth, and in terms not at all on the human scale, nature may very well be mechanicalI shall return to this question in its place; but each factor in that mechanism would remain perfectly spontaneous; for it is not the essence illustrated here than can produce the essence illustrated there. One configuration cannot even suggest another, save to an idle mind playing with the rhymes of appearance; but substance throughout continues groundlessly to shift its groundless arrangement. One inert essence after another is thereby embodied in thingsessences inwardly irrelevant, and associated even in thought only when thought has been tamed and canalised by custom. The method of this transformation may contain repetitions, and to that extent it will be mechanical; but it will never become anything but a perpetual genesis of the unwarrantable out of the contingent, mediated by a material continuity impartial towards those complications. So the common man feels that he is the source of his actions and words, though they spring up in him unbidden; and he weaves a sophisticated moral personage, all excuses, fictions, and verbal motives, to cover the unknown currents of his material life. Philosophers are not wanting to do the same for mankind at large, or even for the universe.