GeE 155: Contemplating God

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Some thoughts on the connection between holiness and contemplation:

155. If we realize that God exists, we cannot help but worship him, at times in quiet wonder, and praise him in festive song. We thus share in the experience of Blessed Charles de Foucauld, who said: “As soon as I believed that there was a God, I understood that I could do nothing other than to live for him”. [Letter to Henry de Castries, 14 August 1901] In the life of God’s pilgrim people, there can be many simple gestures of pure adoration, as when “the gaze of a pilgrim rests on an image that symbolizes God’s affection and closeness. Love pauses, contemplates the mystery, and enjoys it in silence”. [Aparecida Document 259]

Remember that in Lectio Divina this is the last stage after a series of encounters with the Scripture passage: a quiet and calm rest in the presence of God (Cf. Psalm 131)

You can check the full document Gaudete et Exsultate on the Vatican website.

 

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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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