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What Is Contemplation

What Is Contemplation
Author: Thomas Merton
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There are so many Christians who do not appreciate the magnificent dignity of their vocation to sanctity, to the knowledge, love and service of God. There are so many Christians who do not realize what possibilities God has placed in the life of Christian perfection — what possibilities for joy in the knowledge and love of Him. There are so many Christians who have practically no idea of the immense love of God for them, and of the power of that Love to do them good, to bring them happiness. Why do we think of the gift of contemplation, infused contemplation, mystical prayer, as something essentially strange and esoteric reserved for a small class of almost unnatural beings and prohibited to everyone else? It is perhaps because we have forgotten that contemplation is the work of the Holy Ghost acting on our souls through His gifts of Wisdom and Understanding with special intensity to increase and perfect our love for Him. These gifts are part of the normal equipment of Christian sanctity. They are given to all in Baptism, and if they are given it is presumably because God wants them to be developed. Their development will always remain the free gift of God and it is true that His wise Providence sees fit to develop them less in some saints than in others. But it is also true that God often measures His gifts by our desire to receive them, and by our cooperation with His grace, and the Holy Spirit will not waste any of His gifts on people who have little or no interest in them.
What Is Contemplation?
Language: en
Pages:
Authors: Thomas Merton
Categories: Religion
Type: BOOK - Published: 2015-11-06 - Publisher: Ravenio Books
There are so many Christians who do not appreciate the magnificent dignity of their vocation to sanctity, to the knowledge, love and service of God. There are so many Christians who do not realize what possibilities God has placed in the life of Christian perfection — what possibilities for joy in the knowledge and love of Him. There are so many Christians who have practically no idea of the immense love of God for them, and of the power of that Love to do them good, to bring them happiness. Why do we think of the gift of contemplation, infused contemplation, mystical prayer, as something essentially strange and esoteric reserved for a small class of almost unnatural beings and prohibited to everyone else? It is perhaps because we have forgotten that contemplation is the work of the Holy Ghost acting on our souls through His gifts of Wisdom and Understanding with special intensity to increase and perfect our love for Him. These gifts are part of the normal equipment of Christian sanctity. They are given to all in Baptism, and if they are given it is presumably because God wants them to be developed. Their development will always remain the
What is Contemplation?
Language: en
Pages: 79
Authors: Thomas Merton (O.C.S.O.)
Categories: Religion
Type: BOOK - Published: 1981 - Publisher:
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What is Contemplation
Language: en
Pages: 15
Authors: Georg Oswald
Categories: Philosophy
Type: BOOK - Published: 2010-03-19 - Publisher: GRIN Verlag
Seminar paper from the year 2009 in the subject Philosophy - Philosophy of the Ancient World, grade: 1,5, University of Cambridge (Faculty of Divinity), language: English, abstract: Plotinus’ metaphysical ideas are usually described as a descent from the highest principle, the One, to its lower forms, Nous and Soul. §1 Introduction In contrast to this, I want to examine the different ontological manifestations of his thought, beginning with the lowest individual forms. The reason for this reversal is simply to illuminate the complex systematic account Plotinus provides us with. From this point of departure, we will be in a position to discuss and clarify problematic questions with regard to Plotinean research, which itself can only become meaningful when we address such problems in relation to our own realm, i.e. the realm of sensible concrete being. When Plotinus speaks of more advanced domains such as soul, nous and the one it is important to understand where he developed these categories from. If we claim that Plotinus’s systematic framework is coherent, his inductive method must match his deduction from the One, in order to be logical and consistent. It would otherwise become evident that Plotinus operates with presuppositions, which we can or
New Seeds of Contemplation
Language: en
Pages: 297
Authors: Thomas Merton
Categories: Philosophy
Type: BOOK - Published: 2007 - Publisher: New Directions Publishing
Featuring a new introduction, a republication of a spiritual classic introduces western readers to the mystical dimensions of the human soul, inviting readers to develop and nurture a contemplative and vital sense of spirituality. Reprint.
The Inner Experience
Language: en
Pages: 192
Authors: Thomas Merton, William H. Shannon
Categories: Religion
Type: BOOK - Published: 2012-09-11 - Publisher: Harper Collins
Now in paperback, revised and redesigned: This is Thomas Merton's last book, in which he draws on both Eastern and Western traditions to explore the hot topic of contemplation/meditation in depth and to show how we can practice true contemplation in everyday life. Never before published except as a series of articles (one per chapter) in an academic journal, this book on contemplation was revised by Merton shortly before his untimely death. The material bridges Merton's early work on Catholic monasticism, mysticism, and contemplation with his later writing on Eastern, especially Buddhist, traditions of meditation and spirituality. This book thus provides a comprehensive understanding of contemplation that draws on the best of Western and Eastern traditions. Merton was still tinkering with this book when he died; it was the book he struggled with most during his career as a writer. But now the Merton Legacy Trust and experts have determined that the book makes such a valuable contribution as his major comprehensive presentation of contemplation that they have allowed its publication.
Enneaden
Language: de
Pages: 716
Authors: Plotin
Categories: Philosophy
Type: BOOK - Published: 2015-07-15 - Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand
Plotin: Enneaden Entstanden von 254 bis 270. Die Einteilung von Plotins Schriften in sechs Neunergruppen (Enneaden) stammt von Porphyrios, einem seiner Schüler, der sie nach dem Tod des Lehrers herausgab. Erstdruck in lateinischer Übersetzung durch Marsilio Ficino: Florenz 1492. Der Text folgt der ersten vollständigen deutschen Übersetzung durch Hermann Friedrich Müller von 1878. Vollständige Neuausgabe mit einer Biographie des Autors. Herausgegeben von Karl-Maria Guth. Berlin 2013. Textgrundlage sind die Ausgaben: Plotin: Die Enneaden. Übersetzt von Hermann Friedrich Müller. Band 1 und 2, Berlin: Weidmann, 1878/80. Die Paginierung obiger Ausgaben wird in dieser Neuausgabe als Marginalie zeilengenau mitgeführt. Umschlaggestaltung von Thomas Schultz-Overhage unter Verwendung des Bildes: Platons Akademie, Mosaikfußboden in Pompeji, 1. Jahrhundert n. Chr.. Gesetzt aus Minion Pro, 11 pt. Über den Autor: Um 205 wird Plotin in Lykopolis (heute Assiut in Ägypten) geboren. Er studiert in Alexandria bei Ammonios Sakkas, der eine neuplatonische Schule gegründet hatte. Die Neuplatoniker beschäftigen sich damals vor allem mit Kommentaren der klassischen griechischen Philosophie. 242 nimmt Plotin am Feldzug des Kaisers Gordianus gegen die Perser teil. Ab 244 lehrt er in Rom Philosophie und verfaßt zahlreiche Schriften, die erst nach seinem Tode 270 in Minturnae (Kampanien) von dem Schüler Porphyrios, in sechs Neunergruppen (Enneaden)
Meditation in Judaism, Christianity and Islam
Language: en
Pages: 256
Authors: Halvor Eifring
Categories: Religion
Type: BOOK - Published: 2013-10-24 - Publisher: A&C Black
Meditative practices have flourished in widely different parts of Eurasia, yet historical research on such practices is limited. Research to date has focused on contexts rather than actual practices, and within individual traditions. For the first time in one volume, the meditative practices of the three traditions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam are examined. They are viewed in a global perspective, considering both generic and historical connections to practices in other traditions, particularly in India and East Asia. Their cultural and historical peculiarities are examined, comparing them both to each other and to Asian forms of meditation. The book builds on a notion of meditation as self-administered techniques for inner transformation, a definition which focuses on transformative practice rather than notions of meditative states and mystical experiences. It proposes ways of studying meditative practice historically, and concludes with an essay on the modern scientific interest in meditation.
Sweet and Blessed Country
Language: en
Pages: 195
Authors: John Saward
Categories: Philosophy
Type: BOOK - Published: 2008 - Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
In Sweet and Blessed Country, John Saward takes an altarpiece from fifteenth-century Provence as his starting-point for a theological exposition of the Christian hope for Heaven. The altarpiece, Enguerrand Quarton's Coronation of the Virgin, was painted for Carthusian monastery, and so it is monastic theologians, principally Denys the Carthusian, who guide Saward in his exploration of the "sweet and blessed country" in which the angels and saints contemplate the face of God. John Saward's book breaks new ground not only in content, but also in style and method. He discusses a subject, eschatology (the doctrine of last things), which is generally neglected today, and although he observes the disciplines of scholarship, he also reaches out to a readership beyond the academy. This theology of Heaven, faithfully rooted in the Catholic tradition, offers enlightenment to every Christian who seeks understanding of his hope, and encouragement to every human being who yearns for ultimate fulfilment.
Yoga Journal
Language: en
Pages: 104
Authors: John Saward
Categories: Philosophy
Type: MAGAZINE - Published: 1988-03 - Publisher:
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The Philokalia
Language: en
Pages: 340
Authors: G.E.H. Palmer
Categories: Religion
Type: BOOK - Published: 2011-05-19 - Publisher: Faber & Faber
The Philokalia is a collection of texts on prayer and the spiritual life, written between the fourth and fifteenth centuries by masters of the Orthodox Christian tradition. First published in Greek in 1782, translated into Slavonic and later into Russian, this is the first complete translation into English. It is made from the original Greek, and will be completed in five volumes. Volume IV contains some of the most important writings in the entire collection. St Symeon the New Theologian speaks about the conscious experience of the Holy Spirit and about the vision of the divine and uncreated Light. St Gregory of Sinai provides practical guidance concerning the life of the Hesychast and the use of the Jesus Prayer. St Gregory Palamas discusses the distinction between the essence and the energies of God.