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Means of Contemplation: Purify the Soul

(This post continues exploring Augustine’s view of contemplation and spiritual development. To begin the series, read Toward the Contemplative Soul.) This third and last element is critical toward a contemplative soul. The cleansing process has already begun during the strategies of … Continue reading

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Means of Contemplation: Exercise the Mind

(This post continues exploring Augustine’s view of contemplation and spiritual development. To begin the series, read Toward the Contemplative Soul.) I have a wandering mind. To focus on the Lord and His word requires extraordinary ability to put off the many … Continue reading

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Warning: Steps to God may lead back onto themselves

Spiritual practices can lead to strange and endless paths. When methodologies become the focus, they no longer serve as tools. They can become a distraction when not mastered. At worse they become a false diety claiming our time and devotion … Continue reading

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Why Does God Feel So Far Away?

Why so distant? Our alienation from God is so profound that simple reflection will not lead to divine wisdom as defined by Augustine (philosopher and Christian theologian, 354-430 A.D.). “The fact is that men as they are cannot reach the … Continue reading

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What is Contemplation?

I love the swing at our Fall retreat center. Carefree I sour over the lake. Leaning back, heels in the air, the pendulum rhythm carries me back and forth. After only the briefest time, my heart even stops racing from … Continue reading

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Toward the Contemplative Soul

As my light, He takes away my ignorance, as my salvation He removes my weakness. ~St. Augustine of Hippo (354–430 AD)* Augustine viewed himself as a rational being, employing his reasonable self to pursue truth. He spent many years studying … Continue reading

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