When was the last time you saw a Catholic blog that made its goal to foster contemplation at the crossroads of the world? to discuss what it might mean to have contemplation as the primary call of a Christian thrown into the mud day after day? to become free enough to get the philosophical basics right so that our heads and hearts can really suffer with the world, pray with the world, know what is true, feel what is lacking, and see Jesus behind each face in the world?
When was the last time you heard your priest or bishop boldly assert that contemplation, either by touches or by an overriding and almost mad love for God,
is frequently the treasure of persons hidden in the world… souls who live by it in all simplicity, without visions, without miracles, but with such a flame of love for God and neighbour that good happens all around them without noise and without agitation* ?
Without contemplation we will never advance far toward virtue… we will never break free of our weaknesses and our imperfections. We will always be attached to the earth, and will never raise ourselves much above the sentiments of nature. We will never be able to offer a perfect service to God. But with contemplation we will do more in a month, for ourselves and for others, than we would have been able to do without it in ten years. It produces… acts of sublime love for God such as one can hardly ever accomplish without this gift… and finally, it perfects faith and all the virtues** ?
When was the last time someone stopped you on the street and wanted to ask you about how they’d heard that Catholics think that being contemplative through the daily crises can be more urgent than winning a cultural war?
I don’t know when the last time was for you.
But that’s what this blog is about. You’re very welcome to walk these muddy roads with me.
* Quote from Jacques Maritain, Love and Friendship (philosopher, later a Little Brother of Jesus).
** Quote from The Spiritual Doctrine of Father Louis Lallemant SJ.