"Perhaps the lay people will turn to contemplation," said Abbess Catherine.
"Then they will need the very grilles your progressives are seeking to take down; renew the solitude and silence, the prayers we are letting decay with all this busyness. They should read the Rule--and the Council documents that tell us to go back to our sources--but it seems they cannot read any more, not with their minds."
"Yes. They have forgotten the meaning of things," said Dame Agnes.
--In this House of Brede, by Rumer Godden