Saturday, 24 November 2012

CONTEMPLATION IS THE KEY ...

The Archbishop of Canterbury's address to the Synod of Bishops in Rome
Archbishop's address in Rome

Carol Penn offers this quotation from Rowan Williams' address in October:

“… contemplation is very far from being just one kind of thing that Christians do:  it is the key to prayer, liturgy, art and ethics, the key to the essence of a renewed humanity that is capable of seeing the world and other subjects in the world with freedom – freedom from self-oriented, acquisitive habits and the distorted understanding that comes from them. To put it boldly, contemplation is the only ultimate answer to the unreal and insane world that our financial systems and our advertising culture and our chaotic and unexamined emotions encourage us to inhabit.  To learn contemplative practice is to learn what we need so as to live truthfully and honestly and lovingly. It is a deeply revolutionary matter.”

The link above gives a longer quotation as well as the full text.

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