Wednesday, 19 December 2012
So to cut a long story short I am now googling Contemplative Spirtuality and so far I have come across some links which provide real insight into how people think. I am still to decide if I want to read the contents of the links or if as usual I am happy with my thinking. However I will paste them here in case I decide to look into them further to save myself the trouble or to avoid having a reason not to read them:
http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/contemplativespirituality.htm: This site covers recent data such as The Gethsemani Encounter 1996 and the Gethsemani Encounter II 2002, and a book written by the Dalai Lama titled "Spiritual Advice for Buddhists and Christians";
http://www.faithalone.org/journal/1997ii/Caddock.html ~ What is Conteplative Spirituality and why is it dangerous; by John Caddox,Winchester Or. In this page, Mr Caddox mentions Thomas Merton who was my main source on Contemplative Spirituality, not that I read anything of his, he just looked appealing.
http://www.shalem.org/index.php/about-us.. Shalem is an associate member of the Washington Theological Consortium. Their page on Contemplative Quotations is quite good actually since it covers a number of saints who existed at different times and some of their more inspiring quotes. http://www.shalem.org/index.php/resources/quotations. There are quotes from
~Julian of Norwich: Right understanding, with true longing, absolute trust and sweet grace -giving mindfulness. So now I am starting to be biased as I tried meditating using a 30 day guide on Julian of Norwich, All will be well or something of the sort.
~ Catherine of Siena: The secret of Christian cntemplation is that it faces us with Jesus Christ toward our suffering world in loving service and just action. I have heard priests quote Catherine of Siena for a long time
~ Ignatius of Loyola: Finding God in all things. Yep, our priests have been quoting him as well
~ Theresa of Avila: Awareness, absorbed and amazed. "Famous I think.
~ Francis de Sales: The mind's loving unmixed permanent attention to the things of God. Heard about him too, never paid much attention to it, sounded like too much suffering.
~ Thomas Merton: Seeing through the exterior things and seeing God in them.
So after all is said and done, maybe I can lovingly accept Contemplative Spirituality if I try to see through exterior things and see God in them. :) As the song says: " Back in love again," can't remember the names of the singers however I will definitely add a You tube link as soon as possible.
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