Category Archives: Contemplation

Awe, the Missing Ingredient

John Barrow. a theoretical physicist at the University of Cambridge, wrote an article for Science and Theology News, in which he described the feelings of awe he had being in the Basilica of St. Mark in Venice with some other … Continue reading

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Seeing God Face to Face (continued)

On reflecting on my previous blog Seeing God Face to Face, I realized that there was a dimension missing, the intimate experience of meeting God’s face within ourselves.  Meditation is teaching me to approach the indwelling Spirit of God with … Continue reading

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Seeing God Face to Face

One meaning of contemplation is to gaze upon God, so it is natural for the contemplative to want to see God’s face.  At the same time the prospect of what we do not know is scary.   This ambivalence is reflected … Continue reading

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Distraction and Meditation

Teenagers have the highest auto crash rate in the United States. Nearly one million drivers aged 16 to 19 were involved in crashes in 2013. These crashes involved 383,000 injuries and 2,865 deaths. Nearly 6 out of 10 of these … Continue reading

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Returning To Childhood

A month ago I was at Stratford City railway station, part of the new city under construction at the 2012 Olympic site in London, and I saw a sign to Southend-on-Sea. A sudden urge arose within me to buy rover … Continue reading

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The Annunciation by Fra Angelico

Advent is a time to relish the beautiful music, poetry, and art that adorn the season. It is a season of expectancy and wonder. If you visit Florence, Italy, you may see an astoundingly beautiful Advent fresco in its original … Continue reading

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The Search for the Sacred in Modern Art

Vasily Kandinsky said, “Art has much in common with religion”, expressing the search by artists for the sacred in the modern secular world. In the early nineteenth century artists turned almost completely away from traditional religious subjects and took their … Continue reading

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