Our “bright young things” are always monitoring statistics at our web sites and they have noticed that more and more people are searching for “contemplatives in action.” I wonder why? Is it that life is getting so hectic and unbalanced that folks are looking for a saner way to live?
Ignatian spirituality, as you know, makes a big deal about “contemplation in action.” But what does this mean? Bill Barry in his book, A Friendship Like No Other, cuts to the chase when he writes:
Engaging closely with God over time, we allow the Spirit to transform us into people who are more like the images of God we are created to be—that is, more like Jesus, who was clearly a contemplative in action.
For me, contemplation in action is all about the Examen, the prayer developed by Ignatius to help us gradually to find God in all things. So important was this prayer to Ignatius that he told his scholastics (seminarians) that if they got too busy, they could drop spiritual reading, the rosary and even the Mass, but that they should always make their Examens.
What does “contemplation in action” mean for you?