"The ascetic's fundamental contribution to Christian orthodoxia as a life of cosmic normality is not education or good works, but an exemplary existence kept clean, clear, and free from this world's intense and warping abnormality. It is a life of lucid and abiding clarity which goes with the grain of reality at every point. Charity emerges from such an unbeholden life, a charity which is absolutely requisite in coming to true knowledge of even the created universe by natural reason. Only from such knowledge can there then arise knowledge of God, theologia, and the supreme beatitude of seeing and knowing God face to face." 

- Aidan Kavanagh, OSB (1929 - 2006) -