Contemplation is the awareness and realization, even in some sense experience, of what each Christian obscurely believes: ‘It is now no longer that I live but Christ lives in me.

It is awakening, enlightenment and the amazing intuitive grasp by which love gains certitude of God’s creative and dynamic intervention in our daily life.”

Thomas Merton. New Seeds of Contemplation. (New York: New Directions Books 1961) p. 5

“It is not we who choose to awaken ourselves, but God Who chooses to awaken us. ”

New Seeds of Contemplation: p. 10.

emphasis mine