A devout soul drawn to contemplation in a secular state should consider herself bound, though not so strictly as a religious, to practise these essential duties:
(1) to have a strong resolution to pursue the ways tending to contemplation;In these duties there is little or no difference between a lay person and a religious.
(2) to take care to observe and obey inspirations, and dispose herself so as to perceive them more and more clearly;
(3) to practise the internal and external mortifications sent her by God or which belong to her state;
(4) to pursue internal prayer in its various degrees according to the guidance of God's Holy Spirit.
From Principles and Practices
Compiled by Rev. J. Hogan of The Catholic Missionary Society
Published by Burns Oates & Washbourne Ltd., Publishers To The Holy See
Nihil Obstat; Eduardus J. Mahoney, S.T.D. Censor deputatus.
Imprimatur; Edm. Can. Surmont, Vicarius generalis.
First printed in 1930