Contemplation is the fourth and highest rung on the ladder of monastic theology. And what better way to know God than to behold God without any distractions. Here, the disciple, becomes still in body and mind so that God can overwhelm the human person with the Divine presence.
It is the highest form of prayer. Contemplation supports a mystical bond with the Triune God and creator of all that is. Time is suspended while we experience the full presence of the one who is, and was, and is to come. The human soul is swept away into the eternity of God’s presence.
Contemplation on God is the one needful thing that Jesus commended. In contemplation, religion, philosophy, science, mathematics, politics, and so on, become meaningless. The human mind is transcended by God’s Spirit. And what we gain is a greater capacity to love and to live in God’s love.
Monastic theology, after all, is about knowing God. What better way is there to know God than to be swept away in contemplation?
Calvin Wulf is a writer, spiritual director, and retreat facilitator who lives in Colorado with his wife Lisa. He has a passion for Christian spiritual formation drawing from the ancient spiritual traditions of the Apostles, and Christian sages through the ages. He is also a vowed oblate of the contemplative monastic Order of Julian of Norwich.
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