By Fr. Robert J. Spitzer
These 5 dimensions of the religious lifestyles: (1) the Holy Eucharist, (2) spontaneous prayer, (3) the Beatitudes, (4) partnership with the Holy Spirit, and (5) the contemplative lifestyles itself, more often than not don't advance concurrently or maybe in parallel methods. a few boost in a short time, yet don't in attaining major intensity; whereas others strengthen relatively slowly, yet appear to be virtually never-ending within the intensity of knowledge, belief, desire, advantage, and love they engender. the way in which of explaining this is often to examine all the pillars separately.
Before doing this, notwithstanding, it truly is quintessential for every folks to recognize (at least intellectually) the basic foundation for Christian contemplation, particularly, the unconditional Love of God. Jesus taught us to handle God as Abba. If God relatively is Abba; if His love is just like the father of the prodigal son; if Jesus’ ardour and Eucharist are confirmations of that unconditional Love; if God rather did so love the realm that He despatched His basically begotten Son into the international to not condemn us, yet to save lots of us and convey us to everlasting existence (Jn 3:16-19); if not anything quite can separate us from the affection of God in Christ Jesus (Rm 8:31-39); and if God quite has ready us "to seize totally, with the entire holy ones, the breadth and size and top and intensity of Christ's love, and adventure this love which surpasses all figuring out, in order that we could reach to the fullness of God Himself" (Eph 3:18-20), then God's love is unconditional, and it truly is, for this reason, the root for unconditional belief and unconditional wish. There might be not anything extra vital than considering, putting forward, appropriating, and dwelling during this Unconditional Love. this can be the aim of contemplation; certainly, the aim of the religious existence itself.
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Five Pillars Of The Spiritual Life by Fr. Robert J. Spitzer