This came today from the Merton Institute and I really liked it. It’s my experience with contemplative life.
Contemplation is also the response to a call: a call from Him Who has no voice, and yet Who speaks in everything that is, and Who, most of all, speaks in the depths of our own being: for we ourselves are words of His. But we are words that are meant to respond to Him, to answer to Him, to echo Him, and even in some way to contain Him and signify Him. Contemplation is this echo.
Thomas Merton. New Seeds of Contemplation. (New York: New Directions Books 1961) P 3