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Contemplation is the highest expression of man’s intellectual and spiritual life. It is that life itself, fully awake, fully active, fully aware that it is alive. It is spiritual wonder. It is spontaneous awe at the sacredness of life, of being. It is gratitude for life, for awareness and for being. It is a vivid realization of the fact that life and being in us proceed from an invisible, transcendent and infinitely abundant Source. Contemplation is, above all, awareness of the reality of that Source.

Thomas Merton

Written by MattAndJojang

December 26, 2010 at 4:27 pm

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  1. The phrase that catches me here is “infinitely abundant”. I think so much of the selfishness and greed in life is grounded in an assumption that grace is limited in the same way that natural resources are limited.

    Isn’t it funny that two of the most common questions at this time of year are “What do you want for Christmas?” and “What did you get for Christmas?”
    How we answer those probably defines us pretty well!


    December 27, 2010 at 7:05 am

  2. Mankind has struggled with greed since time immemorial. Greed has been acknowledged by the various faith traditions as a major obstacle in spiritual growth. For instance, in Christianity (specifically Catholicism) it is one of the 7 capital sins. In Buddhism, it is referred to as one of the 3 poisons.

    Today because of the many challenges we face (such as war,terrorism, violence, global warming, poverty, hunger, etc.,),the fate of our planet is hanging in the balance. If our species is to survive, we have to learn to be less self-centered; we have to learn to restrain our greed; we have to learn to think not only of ourselves but also of the interests of other people…

    – Matt


    December 27, 2010 at 10:08 am

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