in contemplation

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He advanced a few paces, and caught sight of the two screech owls, that is to say, Dom Claude and Master Jacques Charmolue, absorbed in contemplation before a carving on the façade.
Meanwhile, the archdeacon, who had abandoned the dumbfounded Charmolue where he stood, had approached them and halted a few paces distant, watching them without their noticing him, so deeply were they absorbed in contemplation of the purse.
The captain resumed standing in contemplation before that smiling dead man, who seemed to have burnished his last thought, to give his best friend, the man he had loved next to Raoul, a gracious welcome even beyond life.
To sit in contemplation deeply and silently for long periods requires practice, training, discipline and grace.
Usha mataji visited India at the age of 31 and had lived in different ashrams in the initial years and heard the inner calling to spend her life in contemplation.
The New Jersey inheritance tax applies not only to testamentary dispositions but also transfers made in contemplation of death.
The paradox of Merton's twenty-seven-year "picture" of contemplation is that it never captures the full "essence" of contemplation because, for the contemplative, life itself cannot be grasped in any essential way, yet, paradoxically, in contemplation life is.
Mayer also considered policyholders to be "preferred creditors to the extent of the unearned premium," and "that a corporation, in contemplation of insolvency, may use its unearned premium fund in the acquiring of reinsurance as to all outstanding fire policies.
In contemplation, one is aware of the presence of God.
Zeldes gets it dead-on, with the story of a man who enhances the size of his penis to the point where he says, "Sometimes, I walk around the hospital a bit, pushing my penis in front of me on a gurney, but mostly I spend my days in contemplation of my magnificent member.
5, but developed in terms of whether the contemplative life is actually possible and concluding once more that happiness consists in contemplation despite the fact that it seems to go beyond the human.