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A way of life which manifests holiness through involvement in the everyday world.  Leah (Old Testament) and Martha (New Testament) are seen as representing the Active Life. See Contemplative Life.

In the Old Testament Leah was the elder daughter of Laban and the first wife of Jacob. Jacob had wished to marry Laban's younger daughter Rachel but was tricked into marrying Leah first. She bore him six sons and a daughter.
A 'testament' is a covenant or binding agreement and is a term used in the Bible of God's relationship with his people). The sacred writings of Judaism (the Hebrew Bible). These also form the first part of the Christian Bible.
Sister of Mary of Bethany and Lazarus, whose home was visited by Christ. In Luke 10:38-42 she was described as 'busy with much serving'; as a result she became a symbol of the active life (practical service and involvement in the world).
A 'testament' is a covenant (binding agreement), a term used in the Bible of God's relationship with his people. The New Testament is the second part of the Christian Bible. Its name comes from the new covenant or relationship with God.
a way of life which achieves or demonstrates holiness through prayer, meditation and withdrawal from the world