Meditation and Contemplation?
These two words are often used interchangeably as meaning the same thing. However, this is not the case in the Christian tradition of prayer. Meditation is exploring a sacred text or prayer to seek its full import and meaning, and how it draws me into prayer, and reflecting how this will be put into practice. When this leads us to a moment of stillness before the presence of God – that is contemplation. Contemplation is the fruit of meditation.
Sacred Space has been created by the Jesuit Order of Ireland. It is a popular site and now an annual book is in print. It is a process of six stages, including preparing your body and mind, and culminating in reflection on a scripture passage chosen specially for the day. The stages are:
- The Presence of God
- The Word
Each stage is a kind of exercise or meditation aimed at helping you get in touch with God, and God’s presence in your life.
Click onto the image below and let the journey begin. This link will open in a new Tab taking you to a page where you can read or print the weeks meditations.