In our lives as Americans, we typically see ourselves entrenched in a battle between Contemplation and Action. Contemplation is seen as inactivity, which is seen as laziness. Action is seen as the better route, as making a difference in the world today, no matter how hasty our action or what damage we might leave in our wake.
The true genius, however, lies in the “and” of Contemplation and Action.
We retreat so that we might act out of listening to the Spirit’s guidance. We take the world with us into our time of retreat and then contemplate on what God is saying to us and wrestling with what God wants us to do. Then, our action will have significance in the world…and it will be driven by God’s will.
To further explain the linkage between a Contemplation and Action, I refer you to Richard Rohr’s daily blog from today, July 4, 2017.
Peace! Be safe today, y’all!