Summa Theologiae by St. Thomas Aquinas
SS: Treatise On Gratuitous Graces
Q[182] Of The Active Life In Comparison With The Contemplative Life
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We must now consider the active life in comparison with the contemplative life, under which head there are four points of inquiry:

A[1] Which of them is of greater import or excellence?

A[2] Which of them has the greater merit?

A[3] Whether the contemplative life is hindered by the active life?

A[4] Of their order.