Becoming Who We Are
by William Shannon
WE DO NOT REALLY BECOME contemplatives. For we are -- all of us -- contemplatives in the root and ground of our being. For at the root of our being we are one with God, one with one another, one with the world in which we live.
Spending time in prayer, therefore, must not be looked upon as a means of achieving this oneness, but of recognizing that it is there. Prayer does not make us contemplatives; rather it can make us aware that we truly are contemplatives, but at a level of perception we do not often achieve.
Prayer, silence, and solitude are moments of grace that can awaken us to the contemplative side of our being.
Taken from Silence on Fire by William H. Shannon (New York: Crossroad Publishing, 1991).