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CONTEMPLATIO (resting) the final stage, is resting in God.
Principaliter quidem ad vitam contemplativam pertinet contemplatio divinae veritatis, quia huiusmodi contemplatio est finis totius humanae vitae.
Contemplatio is fundamentally contemplation of God .
As the final chapter of The Divine Majesty explains, this service is best expressed in terms of love of God and love of neighbor as presented in the Contemplatio ad amorem [230-37], which functions as the culmination of the Exercises.
We can teach lectio, oratio, contemplatio and meditatio.
According to Wallace, "The Latin term contemplatio, from which "contemplation" is derived, corresponds to the Greek word theoria.
That is, the modern concept of imagination, philosophically forged by Kant and the German Idealists, even as it was creatively extrapolated by Blake and his successors, is largely a modern revival of the ancient Greek theoria or illumination, ancestor to the medieval Latin contemplatio or contemplation: the seeing of the invisible within the visible that constitutes the source and essence of all living religion, and because the latter is its source, the ultimate legitimation of all mystical experience.
Intellectus is enacted in the practice of theoria or contemplatio, a practice of attentiveness cultivated over time, a time spent tarrying with the same particulars and penetrating them ever more deeply.
I began the four basic phases of the practice, lectio, meditatio, oratio, and contemplatio (add an "n" to translate into English).
Contemplatio is simply being there before God, while God-whois-there, mediated by the biblical text and by the prayer exercise of attentiveness and intelligence, becomes the very source of reasonableness for the insights that occur in prayer and for the courage to live as the insights impel.
For example, the author states that "Erasmus does not seem to have had many forerunners in the genre of treatises on prayer" (29), but he makes no mention of the medieval tradition of the fourfold development of prayer as lectio, meditatio, oratio, and contemplatio, of which Guigo the Carthusian's Scala claustralium is the classic example.
This made Luther replace "contemplatio" with "tentatio" in the medieval tripartite rules for theology from lectio, oratio, and contemplatio into oratio, meditatio, and tentatio.