More on Contemplation
I finally had a chance today to read Dr. Philip Sheldrake, SJ’s January presentation at WTU entitled “Contemplation and Social Transformation: The Example of Thomas Merton.” This paper affirms a point I made in an earlier blog–our life of prayer needs to found all that we do, including our work for social justice. Contemplation and work for justice are not separate spheres but must be deeply interrelated. Sheldrake presents a brief but magisterial tour of Merton’s thinking. He refers to many contemporary exponents of this point of view including the Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams.