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“About This Life”(Acts 5:20) #1
In the spiritual life everything is about relationship. Hence, authentic contemplation is always 'relational contemplation'. Contemplation is never meant to be about myself, but about the One whom I discover living within me: Jesus. It is he whom I gaze upon interiorly: “Jesus is the true Face of the Father” (God Day By Day, vol. 3, Paulist Press, 1989, p. 80).
“About This Life”(Acts 5:20) #2
Contemplative prayer is a relationship with God that penetrates the deep levels of my soul. It is a covenant relationship of love and communion. Only if I have overwhelming experiences of God's love will I make Him the vibrant center of my life. He must become the supreme, essential value for me. Only then will I organize my life around this central love. It's a choice of God alone and a love beyond all others.
"About This Life" (Acts 5:20) #3
The Catechism of the Catholic Church tells us that “prayer is the life of the new heart” (CCC # 2697). This new heart which is the Heart of Jesus alive within me is born in contemplative solitude with God. This is the new heart promised by God through the Prophet, Ezekiel: “I will give you a new heart and place a new spirit within you” (Ezekiel 36:26).
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