New Seeds of Contemplation

New Seeds of - Hobbs,April(A Religion1001 LoganEdwards Honerkamp New Seeds of Contemplation Thomas Merton Contemplation is a major part of ones

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Hobbs, April (A) Religion 1001 Logan Edwards Honerkamp New Seeds of Contemplation Thomas Merton Contemplation is a major part of one’s intellectual and spiritual life. It has become a type of realization of a particular source. Reason and faith have risen from contemplation. Without contemplation, faith and reason are incomplete. It is said that contemplation sees “without seeing” and knows “without knowing.” Merton believes that contemplation is beyond us and even beyond our own knowledge. He believes that we must die (in a sense) in order to “enter into the realm of contemplation.” Contemplation is placed above all other intuitions and experiences that a person has. Merton states that these lost experiences “die” in order to be born on a higher level (152). Contemplation knows God. It has been invisibly touched by God. Contemplation is a type of awareness and realization. Merton describes it as a “vivid awareness of infinite Being at the roots of our own limited being (152).” Contemplation is also seen as a response to a call from
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This note was uploaded on 07/19/2010 for the course RELI NA taught by Professor Jordan during the Spring '09 term at University of Georgia Athens.

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