Hello again everyone!
I had the realization yesterday while I was trying to figure out how to bring myself to contemplation again when I thought it would be good to teach you all about the difference between contemplation and meditation and how to bring yourself to contemplation.
To start, the difference between meditation and contemplation is that meditation is an active state of mind that’s analytical on one topic such as Christ’s crucifixion, whereas contemplation is appreciating the beauty of God as a whole without your mind actively seraching for aspects of that beauty. Take for instance meditation on Christ’s crucfixion, since I used that as an example, where meditation would be to focus on the nails that pierced his hands and feet. You would begin by analyzing how painful it must have been to have your hands and feet pierced by blunt nails, then you would think how difficult it would be to hold yourself on the cross that way, which would proceed to thinking how tough Christ was for not complaining and undergoing that torment. Now, if we look at contemplation, all we would think to ourselves is, how beautiful is the love of Christ for suffering such agony to save us from eternal death and give us eternal life! Love that pours from the heart of Jesus to give every human infinte love, how beautiful are you! So you can see the difference between the two that meditation is actively finding things about the faith and contemplation are words and phrases full of love and admiration for Christ. It’s like complimenting your loved one on how beautiful or kind or caring they are which doesn’t take effort, but sparks from the love in your heart.
So how do we get from meditation to contemplation? Firstly, meditation has to be expounded in many aspects of the faith, but the best and quickest way to get to contemplation is to build a relationship with Christ during his passion. I found meditations on the passion have sparked a relationship and love for Christ so quickly and so firmly that I will never even think of letting it go. In short, the more you meditate on Christ’s passion, the more quickly you will grow to love him for the beauty and love of his acts and then seeing the act as a whole instead of seperate aspects (agony in the garden, scouring, crowning with thorns, carrying of the cross and the crucifixion).
So my dearest friends, bring yourself from actively thinking about Christ to building a relationship with him out of pure love and devotion and always actively and passively thinking of him. Bring yourself from meditation to contemplation!
Have a fantastic day!