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In feeling called to a more contemplative spirituality, does that mean we reject the use of the Holy Spirit?

Catherine asks:

Dear Fr Anthony,

In feeling called to a more contemplative spirituality, does that mean we reject the use of the Holy Spirit, as it moves in movements such as the Charismatic Renewal?


Dear Catherine,

St. Paul tells us to seek the higher gifts; and the highest of all is love. Indeed, it is the only gift that matters as he explains, and even faith that is strong enough to move mountains is worthless without love (1 Cor 13). Focusing only on Christ, like Mary at his feet contemplating him and absorbing his words, is a pure and beautiful expression of love. Christ calls it the better part.

For some people, an increase in contemplation is compatible with some of the external forms of devotion and particular gifts associated with the Charismatic Renewal; while God may call others to leave these aside (for example if you discover a vocation to a religious order whose spirituality does not have those elements). This is not rejecting the Holy Spirit. Quite the contrary, you are going to have to be closer than ever to him, because he himself is love and without him you cannot love; you cannot be a contemplative.

God bless,

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