In striving to live lives of holiness, there’s a balance of what you might call the interior life and the exterior life. You could also think of it as faith and works, or the contemplative life and the active life.
The interior life is the foundation for all that we do. It simply doesn’t work if this foundation is missing. This past Lent, I personally experienced this – falling into the trap of placing greater priority in the exterior life, getting to the point of (unintentionally) neglecting my interior prayer life. Understandably, my spiritual life dried up. Faith and love for God must be the foundation.
Furthermore, it’s from the interior foundation that all our exterior works flow. To the point that As St. James tells us, “So also faith of itself, if it does not have works, is dead.” James 2:17. Our hope is that our spiritual life bears fruit. Whatever fruits bore from our interior life are meant to be shared. We’re not supposed to hide them behind the walls of our souls. We’re called to bring those fruits to the world.
“A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a rotten tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire. So by their fruits you will know them.” Matthew 7:18-20