The man of faith judges active works by quite a different light from the man who lives in outward things.
What he looks at is not so much the outward appearance of things, as their place in the divine plan and their supernatural results.
This abandonment does not in the least diminish his zeal for action. He acts as though success depended entirely on his own activity, but in point of fact he expects it from God alone.
He has no trouble subordinating all his projects and hopes to the unfathomable designs of a God who often uses failure even better than success to bring about the good of souls.
The genuine apostle makes use of everything, success as well as failure, to increase his hope and expand his soul in confident abandonment to Providence.