Series on Contemplation Part 2

As this series continues I would like to make a distinction between Meditation and Contemplation. There are similarities between the two, but they are different. Understand this is my experience I am sharing with you. I am sure others would view these differently.
In MEDITATION, also known to some as Centering Prayer, you focus on a particular thought, event, Scripture selection, or person. You then allow yourself to be led to emptying of thoughts and emotions as well as intercessory prayer.

CONTEMPLATION on the other hand requires an effort to focus on and ponder a particular thought, Scripture selection, person or event. Contemplation is the process in prayer that brings to mind for consideration something that engages our thought processes and emotions.This like meditation requires a setting that lacks distraction and encourages interaction with the Sacred. In Contemplation you become a sacred place in which you actively interact with God—your goal is to become a Divine Dwelling Place.

How do we do Contemplation in everyday life? Going to work, earning a living, caring for family…who has the time to set aside for Contemplation? These next four weeks we will step aside for a few moments to explore how we can have “God time” in life.

I am using a book, NOISY CONTEMPLATION; Praying for Busy People by a former Jesuit priest, William R. Callahan.  This book is about our one true model, Jesus, who lived and prayed in the middle of everyday life. Over the weeks we will look at techniques and reasons for living in a state of Contemplation.  It is amazing the difference it makes in our daily lives.  Remember that a Contemplative  way of living is transformative, which simply means “if you are here now, you will be here then”, or as some have said, “no matter where you go, there you are”.  Take a little time to think on these last two thoughts.

See you next week,
I am your bro. John

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