The contemplative journey is the most responsible of all responses to God because so much depends on it – the future of humanity, the healing of the wounds of humanity, our own deepest healing. It’s not just a method of meditation or a practice to find personal peace. It’s basically a total acceptance of the human condition in all its ramifications, including its desperate woundedness … Humans are fully capable of becoming God, not in the fullest sense of the word, but in a very real way, where the light, life and love of God are pouring through them, channeling a source of healing, compassion and reconciliation wherever they go and whatever they do. They are rooted in the divine compassion and mercy and are manifesting … the pure light of the image and likeness of God within them, which is the assimilation of the mind and heart of Christ in everyday life.
+Thomas Keating, OCSO