“It is a confused prejudice to judge the degree of contemplation by whether the object of contemplation appears more or less sacred, more or less internal, more or less spiritual. That would mean assuming that God is more present, more readily heard or contemplated in the internal silence of idleness than in committed action.  This may not be so, and there is no reason why it should be so.  It may be that it is on the road to Emmaus that one finds the person one was looking for in the past or in the memory of sacred actions; or on the road to Damascus a false and Pharisaic religiosity may be broken in favor of a contemplation and conversion qualitatively incomparable with any prior experience. It is not certain that Christian transcendence can be found in the temple better than in the city, in concern for oneself than in concern for others.”

~Ignacio Ellacuría

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