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date: 26 May 2020

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The universal call to holiness is not God’s response to the Christian’s own virtuous deeds and merits, but is God’s own gracious design for humanity. This call envisages an integrated prayer life that includes public participation in the sacraments and private prayer. This essay focuses on silent contemplative prayer. The vastness of the soul is perfectly adapted to receiving the divine light and resting in God in silence. The soul receives from God the gift of desire for prayer. In the love for God that is stimulated by prayer the soul is drawn into the divine life, the mystery of the Triune God communicates Himself to the soul and transforms the soul in His image and likeness, granting the soul a foretaste of eternal life. The bulk of the essay explores the different dimensions of the life of prayer across a number of spiritual traditions.

Keywords: prayer, contemplation, soul, Trinity, silence, call, holiness

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