August 30

Reflection

A contemplative view is not naïve. It recognizes the pain and distortions in the world. Yet, while acknowledging what is wrong, it enables one to see through and work toward what is possible. A contemplative person is imbued with the presence of the sacred in all life and in this earth. The wars among nations, the destruction of species, the pollution of our planet are all seen as painful and in need of attention. In the eyes of the contemplative person, they are aberrations which cry out for conversion and change. To have a contemplative view is to be a unifier, to see creation as integrated, and to reverence all its expressions. One is enabled to view everything with respect and work with others toward forgiveness and healing.

Prayer

Bless us with the gift of contemplative vision. 

Action 

Am I aware of the Sacred in life? How can I reverence the sacred in our world?

Suggested Reading

The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of God’s hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they display knowledge.
There is no speech or language
where their voice is not heard.
Their voice goes out into all the earth,
their words to the ends of the world.
May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
be pleasing in your sight,
O God, my Rock and my Redeemer.
Psalm 19

When we acknowledge that all of life is sacred and that each act is an act of choice and therefore sacred, then life is a sacred dance lived consciously each moment. When we live at this level, we participate in the creation of a better world.
Scout Cloud Lee

What we plant in the soil of contemplation, we shall reap in the harvest of action.
Meister Eckhart

A day spent without the sight or sound of beauty, the contemplation of mystery, or the search of truth or perfection is a poverty-stricken day; and a succession of such days is fatal to human life.
Lewis Mumford 

Love’s greatest gift is its ability to make everything it touches sacred.
Barbara De Angelis

 The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.
Albert Einstein

It is a wholesome and necessary thing for us to turn again to the earth and in the contemplation of her beauties to know of wonder and humility.
Rachel Carson 

The miracles of the church seem to me to rest not so much upon faces or voices or healing power coming suddenly near to us from afar off, but upon our perceptions being made finer, so that for a moment our eyes can see and our ears can hear what is there about us always.
Willa Cather 

Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.
Helen Keller

Love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery

 

 

 

 

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