contemplation has traditionally immersed individuals
in silence and solitude, to be nourished by God's Word
and Spirit and to cultivate a life of prayer. Transformed
by an intense and intimate experience, they are led
by God back into the world of ordinary life and relationship
to share their encounter with love and truth.
Contemplation as a central element of Dominican spirituality
has never intended to separate one or to create a distance
from life; rather, its goal has always been to draw
one more deeply into the mystery of life and there to
find God. The 14th Centruy German mystic, Meister
Eckhart, is an exemplar of this Domincan contemplative
His was an active life of teaching, preaching,
prayer and study, which also included periods of service
in leadehship. He said:"All
that God seeks is that you go out of yourself and let
God be God in you."
The Contemplative Ttadition
is ancient and rich. it is also fresh and innovative.
Some elements are universal and continuous over time;
others are adapted and re-imagined in original and creative
ways, as they are invluenced by diverse cultures and
in different ages.
For a more extensive discussion of Contemplative Tradition
read Richard Woods, OP:
Recovering Our Dominican
MORE about Dominican Spirituality and Tradition
in an excellent series: Dominican