i've been convicted recently to return to the practice of contemplation. there's so much peace in that practice for me. coincidently, this week's merton quote was on contemplation.
"Contemplation is more than a consideration of abstract truths about God, more even than affective meditation on the things we believe. It is awakening, enlightenment and the amazing intuitive grasp by which love gains certitude of God's creative and dynamic intervention in our daily life. Hence contemplation does not simply "find" a clear idea of God and confine Him within the limits of that idea, and holds Him there as a prisoner to Whom it can always return. On the contrary, contemplation is carried away by Him into His own realm, His own mystery and His own freedom. It is a pure and virginal knowledge, poor in concepts, poorer still in reasoning, but able, but its very poverty and purity, to follow the Word "wherever He may go."
Thomas Merton. New Seeds of Contemplation. New York: New Directions Press, 1961: 5.
so, i am encouraged.