Augustine, philosopher and Christian theologian (354-430 A.D.), likened man to a pilgrim on a journey returning to his native land. This series on contemplation has been quite a journey as well! To conclude this present sojourn, I’ve included links to the posts at the end of this article.
Life’s journey is complicated, unnerving, and difficult. Augustine believed that contemplation and enjoyment of God encourages and enables the pilgrim on his journey.
The passionate longing for the presence of God is the ultimate end of man. This longing is fulfilled through God’s grace … as received through a pure heart seeking a mature love of God and others.
A contemplative life can be a reality for the 21st century believer. With faith in Jesus Christ and love as the framework for all things, we can develop our prayer life, exercise our mind, and approach the Lord with a pure heart.
Although written over 1500 years ago, Augustine’s writings inform our faith journey. He viewed contemplation as supremely important in one’s spiritual pilgrimage. It is the tool to the ultimate goal of the enjoyment of God through embracing Him with one’s soul.
Use the tools as detailed in the posts. Know, however, that “perfection” with the tools is not the goal. Kingdom growth within and through us is our purpose.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles.
And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.
For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
The road toward contemplation …
- Toward the Contemplative Soul
- Picture of Expectation
- What is Contemplation?
- Why Does God Feel So Far Away?
- Warning: Steps to God May Lead Back onto Themselves
- Means of Contemplation: Decision of Faith
- Means of Contemplation: What is Prayer?
- Means of Contemplation: Exercise the Mind
- Means of Contemplation: Purify the Soul