Catholic Contemplative Affiliation

Contemplative Notes

Contemplative Notes

Jesus describes what is the essence of contemplative/mystical prayer:

“I do not  pray for these only, but for those who believe in me through their word….

I desire that they also, whom thou hast given me, may be where I am, to behold my glory which thou hast given me in thy love for me before the foundation of the world….
I made known to them thy name, and will make it known, that the love with which thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.”

John 17: 20, 24, 26


I am aware of the conscious emotional barrier  that clings to the doubts about foregiveness of my sins.   This thought works against being swept away in this stream of merciful love, flowing from the Father through the words, the wounds of his incarnate Son, Jesus.  Being aware of this obstacle only adds to the intensity of my cry for mercy. “For the sake of his most sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and the whole world.”

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A Suggestion:
Go to John 17.  This chapter is the most basic text of the Lord Jesus calling you to mystical/contemplative union.
Divide the chapter into 6 parts, one for each day of the week, starting on Monday through Saturday.  At the conclusion of your morning contemplative exercise of quiet prayer, recite prayerfully the corresponding section.
For Sunday at the conclusion of your prayer, recite Romans 3:21-26, again another fundamental section of Revelation which presents the basis for your righteousness, the foundation of your union with Christ Jesus in the Holy Trinity.
Experience the constant freshness of these words of Revelation: you will never exhaust them.  Take them as a gift from the Holy Spirit who leads us into transforming union.


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