In the constitutions of Michaelites, when we read about the essence of spirituality, we realize that the call of St. Michael Who is like God! expresses this spirituality in the best way possible. It also proclaims a deep belief, hope and love; it expresses esteem, admiration for and the contemplation of The Holy Trinity. This is the road every worshipper of St. Michael should take: admiration, high regard and esteem for the Creator. And this leads to the act of contemplation, that is, to a deeper unity with and recognition of God. Contemplation it seems to be a magical word. To talk about contemplation today, one has to have great courage. The reasons are manifold: because there is much anxiety in us today; because of the civilization which concentrates on action, efficiency and productivity; and because of ourselves who do not want to be suspected of parasitism.
One of the psalms solemnly describes Gods works as magnificent. The ones that we get to know in our lives are only flickers. Contemplation has its origins in a great admiration for God and his works. After all, everything has been created by the Father of Light, as the Creator is described by St. Jacob. Contemplation is the light of the Father, the light which instructs one and fills one in thanks to this light we can develop a taste for the profundity of Life. The beginning of contemplation is marked by the awakening for appreciation! This event signifies a huge transition in life, also in the spiritual life, because we discover the beauty and color of living creatures with great astonishment. It feels as if we stood in a grey, uninteresting room which suddenly bursts with thousands of colors showing the entire richness of its interior.
Contemplation is a renewed ability to experience ecstasy again. When were you last genuinely surprised? What threw you into ecstasies? Were they changing seasons, life which returns all the time? The trees which almost die naked, and then become beautiful again in Spring? A childs eyes, the majesty of the mountains, a dew-drop which almost reflects an entire universe
There is so much beauty around you. What has recently surprised you? Contemplation can change everything into Gods works because it means looking out for God, searching high and low for him, it also means a lifestyle full of adoration and understanding for Gods beauty. The statement that our calling is to proclaim Who is like God! does not have to be an empty rhetoric. St. Michael, teach us loving attention and a new admiration for God and its works.
Fr. Zbigniew Rodzinka