By Fr. Robert J. Spitzer
These 5 dimensions of the religious lifestyles: (1) the Holy Eucharist, (2) spontaneous prayer, (3) the Beatitudes, (4) partnership with the Holy Spirit, and (5) the contemplative existence itself, usually don't enhance at the same time or maybe in parallel methods. a few boost in a short time, yet don't in attaining major intensity; whereas others boost really slowly, yet appear to be nearly never-ending within the intensity of knowledge, belief, desire, advantage, and love they engender. the way of explaining this can be to examine all of the pillars separately.
Before doing this, even though, it's vital for every folks to recognize (at least intellectually) the elemental foundation for Christian contemplation, particularly, the unconditional Love of God. Jesus taught us to handle God as Abba. If God rather is Abba; if His love is just like the father of the prodigal son; if Jesus’ ardour and Eucharist are confirmations of that unconditional Love; if God quite did so love the area that He despatched His merely begotten Son into the international to not condemn us, yet to save lots of us and produce us to everlasting existence (Jn 3:16-19); if not anything relatively can separate us from the affection of God in Christ Jesus (Rm 8:31-39); and if God rather has ready us "to grab absolutely, with the entire holy ones, the breadth and size and peak and intensity of Christ's love, and adventure this love which surpasses all realizing, in order that we may well reach to the fullness of God Himself" (Eph 3:18-20), then God's love is unconditional, and it truly is, hence, the basis for unconditional belief and unconditional desire. There might be not anything extra very important than considering, putting forward, appropriating, and residing during this Unconditional Love. this can be the aim of contemplation; certainly, the aim of the religious lifestyles itself.
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