What is contemplation? In terms of prayer, contemplation is the act of being in union with God in every sense of the word. It is giving oneself to him and resting with him. Is it hard to do. For most, yes. We are used to the busy-ness of life, phones, computers, and constant “to-do” lists. So how do we learn to contemplate?
Learning to contemplate
As Catholics, we may tend toward ritualistic prayers, and a rote response to the love of God. God desires that we learn to “be with him,” and to slow down enough to feel his presence. His presence is healing, and we can learn what it means to be human by slowing down enough to understand that he is with us always.
How to contemplate
If you have never done so, take the time to be still. Whether inside the walls of the church at adoration, on the go, or at home, take a deep breath and ask the Lord to show himself to you. Perhaps say a prayer of aspiration to him such as “Lord, be with me" or “Jesus, Mary, and Joseph pray for me.” Continue to breathe and to offer a prayer for your self to be able to meditate on the life of Jesus. Pray that you can recognize him with you now.
Moving forward into the future
Now that you have taken the time to be with him, make it a practice to do this often. When you wake up in the morning, do the same thing. Recognize the beauty around you in nature, within your home and family, and wherever you are. If you become frustrated or confused, go back to him. Pray simple prayers to recollect his presence. Take this thought and his love and life with you always. Practice often, and you will be blessed both now and in the future.