Regarding Contemplative Living

October 11, 2014 | Short Reflections

Contemplative living is a way of listening and responding to our everyday experiences by consciously attending to our relationships with self, others, God and all of nature.  The goal of contemplative living is not merely the personal fulfillment of those who pursue it.  Its ultimate goal is a global society that is profoundly just and at peace, as God intended it to be.

We can say, then, that contemplative living is based on the following key principles:

Our everyday life is our spiritual life.

It is every person’s primary vocation to be fully human, aware of who we are and how we relate to others.

Our spiritual formation cannot take place in isolation.

Spiritual formation is grounded in the experience of relationships and community.

Personal transformation is the foundation for societal and cultural transformation.