There is a contemplative
in every one of us
nearly extinguished by the noise of the day
but still holding on in the hope of relief.
A contemplative craves quiet solitude,
longs for the enjoyment of God’s Now,
aching to touch the sacred silence that makes us whole.
Irvin J. Boudreaux
A Contemplative Pledge
In the early 21st century a monastery without walls, a monastery of the heart, a lay, ecumenical contemplative community is being born. We contemplatives are simply seekers of oneness with God. We remember what Jesus said,
“May all be one, as you, Father, are in me and I in you, that they also may be in us.”
As brothers and sisters of this oneness we are gathering in a time when religion is going crazy, again, defining itself by who it judges as unworthy. In such a time we create an open table to invite all spiritual seekers to come into the shelter of an inclusive community, a home for all of us sinners and saints, a refuge for Americans who are wearied by a frantic culture and an overly busy church. In such a time of distress, we will teach each other how to find our inner sanctuary and we will learn to serve the world from that True Home together. We commit ourselves to the mission of creating contemplative communities who practice the presence of God for personal transformation and radical engagement with the world.
Few of you that read these words have a monastic cell, but all of us have to grab the time that fate allows to draw near to the heart of God. I share these words there is a small contribution to those who seek the contemplative life.
- Heart, Mind & Prayer (livingcontemplatively.org)