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Contemplation is . . .

February 23, 2010

Here are some beautiful words by Thomas Merton. I’ve left them as he wrote them, then, I changed the gender to feminine. I love the feel of it. I’m not adept at genderless writing, but would very much like to try my hand at writing this passage without gender.

“Contemplation is also the response to a call: a call from Him Who has no voice, and yet Who speaks in everything that is, and Who, most of all, speaks in the depths of our own being: for we ourselves are words of His. But we are words that are meant to respond to Him, to answer to Him, to echo Him, and even in some way to contain Him and signify Him. Contemplation is this echo. Thomas Merton. New Seeds of Contemplation. (New York: New Directions Books 1961) P 3

Thought for the Day:   We ourselves become His echo and His answer. It is as if in creating us God asked a question and in awakening us to contemplation He answered the question, so that the contemplative is at the same time, question and answer. ” New Seeds of Contemplation: p 3.

Try this out:

 Contemplation is also the response to a call: a call from Her Who has no voice, and yet Who speaks in everything that is, and Who, most of all, speaks in the depths of our own being: for we ourselves are words of Hers. But WE are words that are meant to respond to Her, to answer to Her,  to echo Her, and even in some way to contain Her and signify Her. Contemplation is this echo.  Thomas Merton. New Seeds of Contemplation. (New York: New Directions Books 1961) P 3

 

Thought for the Day:   We ourselves become Her echo and Her answer. It is as if in creating us God asked a question and in awakening us to contemplation She answered the question, so that the contemplative is at the same time, question and answer. ” New Seeds of Contemplation: p 3. 
   

 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 

  

 
 
 
 
 
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