This is one of the messages of the Social Teaching of the Catholic Church. Sanctity and evangelization can be found through the labor of everyday life. It is less what you do than the way you do it.
I would encourage everyone on this day of St. Paul of the Cross to consider Christ crucified, and concentrate on the man on the tree, quivering in pain, solicitous of nothing more from us but the acknowledgment that we do love Him for all he suffers for us.
The self-made man is a myth. And the notion that our private property is ours because we are the sole cause of its coming into existence is a fallacy. We are not our own.
At any rate, St. Bruno is an example to us of the kind of simple heart that desires little more than a child does in the middle of the night as they lay in the dark. All along he wished to leave and be alone with Christ, in the brilliant silence of love’s hope.
Many turn St. Francis into little more than a pagan. He’s a tree hugger, a vegetarian, an eco-radical. But St. Francis understood better than anyone that the gods of merriment lead only to a false world that falls apart.