True Contemplation and its Counterfeit – Part two

I have never come across Christians, who belonged to ‘The World Community for Хрыстос_Уседзяржыцель__Веткаўскі_музейChristian Meditation Movement’, inspired by Fr John Main, who have not been thoroughly good people. They don’t just take the external practice of their faith seriously, but also put aside regular time for daily going into ‘the inner room’ to pray. I identified so closely with their personal sincerity and the sincerity of their search that I have until now found it difficult to make any criticism of them. Sadly they have been misled into thinking that methods of Eastern mysticism involving the continual repetition of mantras is not only in conformity with the Christian mystical tradition, but the high point at which Eastern and Western religion meet. However contemplative prayer is so important for the future reform in the Church, as it has been in the past that it must be protected from its counterfeit.  read on…..

 

True Contemplation and its Counterfeit – Part one

Normally the word contemplation is used to describe the mystical awareness of God’s action in a person, working through the Holy Spirit as they are being gradually 422px-12th-century_painters_-_The_Monk_Eadwine_-_WGA15731transformed into the image and likeness of Christ. It begins not when we so choose, but when he chooses. Although we can prepare for it, it is essentially God’s gift. To begin with it is often called ‘obscure contemplation’, or ‘the prayer of faith’ or a ‘ray of darkness’. This is because at first, the action of the Holy Spirit only highlights all that separates us from the transformation into Christ that he is working to achieve. The ‘ray of darkness‘ suddenly becomes a ‘ray of light’ when God chooses, giving the believer ever deeper experiences of the presence of God within, as the journey into Christ deepens. read more…