Contemplative Prayer

True contemplation is not a psychological trick but a theological grace.
It can come to us only as a gift, and not as a result of our own clever use of spiritual techniques.
(Thomas Merton)

The First Step To Contemplation

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The First Step To Contemplation

When the soul has arrived at true life, and all her actions are referred to the glory of God, she feels herself suddenly stirred by a desire to see what her Spouse is like, asking who and what is he who has become man for her sake?  He who has died to save her, and has given himself to her?  This Jesus, who on leaving the Earth has left her his sacraments and promised her his Kingdom; this Jesus, ever ready to provide for the needs of the body and the consolation of the soul, what is he like?  And the soul, full of questions, feels the desire...

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