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Catholic Spiritual Direction

Contemplation and Meditation… What is the difference?

Q. Dear Father John, How is contemplation different than meditation? A. Contemplative prayer consists of a more passive (and more sublime) experience of God. If Christian meditation is the soul’s inspired quest to discover God (our work of seeking God), contemplation is God’s lifting of the soul into himself (God’s work of embrace), so that it effortlessly basks in the divine light.... Read More