Guigo II’s Definition of Contemplation

Contemplation is when the mind is in some sort lifted up to God and held above itself, so that it tastes the joys of everlasting sweetness.— Guigo II, The Ladder of MonksThe most commonly taught method of lectio divina — involving reading the Bible or some other sacred text, reflecting on the text, responding to it in prayer, and then resting in God's presence in contemplative silence — comes from a short essay called "the Ladder of Monks" written in the twelfth century by a Carthusian monk c … [Read more...]

Quote for the Day

Let all my world be silent in your presence, Lord, so that I may hear what the Lord God may say in my heart. Your words are so softly spoken that no one can hear them except in a deep silence. But to hear them lifts him who sits alone and in silence completely above his natural powers, because he who humbles himself will be lifted up. He who sits alone and listens will be raised above himself. — Guigo II, The Ladder Monks … [Read more...]