The Practice of Everyday Contemplation



cover for webThomas Merton, one of the great contemplatives of the 20th century, says that “contemplative living is a way of responding to our everyday relationships” (from Bridges to Contemplative Living, Book One). When we approach life from a contemplative stance, we become more aware of God’s presence all around us, and we slow down to appreciate it. Likewise, we become more aware of our own responses to life and our connection to the persons we encounter every day.

The fall/Winter 2015 issue of Reflections magazine explores this aspect of the contemplative life and invites you to engage with it. To read the entire issue online, click on the cover image.  Or explore the issue in-depth and read each article here.

You will also find, in this issue, suggested practices with which to explore the contemplative life.

The printed issue of the magazine will be mailed the week of November 9 to every household in the Diocese of West Texas. If you are not on the mailing list and would like to be, email to

And make plans now to attend a one-day Contemplative Retreat led by the Revs. Mike Chalk and Linda Ricketts at the Bishop Jones Center on January 30.

We welcome your feedback on this issue of Reflections and invite you to explore past issues by clicking on titles from the menu on the top right of this page.

Marjorie George, editor

Cover photo this issue by Peter Szarmach,