[Excerpt from: Light and Images. Elements of Contemplation, pgs. 75-76. Adrienne von Speyr]
“This is the law of contemplation, not merely the contemplation of the Cross, but of all contemplation of the Lord: that the one who prays become empty of himself in order to adapt himself to what the Lord is. In order with him and in him to say what he says, to attune his voice so closely to the Lord’s that the Father can hear them as one voice…
To desire to exist, not in the I, but in the Thou; without restriction, without a measuring of distance, without a feeling of one’s own unworthiness, and thus in the faith of a child who has been called and, through the call, has been drawn forward.
It is no game; it is no make-believe; rather, it is an integration that God himself has demanded: we have to contemplate the Lord with the Lord’s own eyes. With the fullness of him who is the embodiment of the Gospel, we must contemplate every mystery of salvation history, surrender ourselves to it, recognize it as the highest reality, a reality that is so strong that this history has the power to bring all things under the influence of this newly dawning reality. Whoever looks upon the world’s misery through the Cross, whoever draws closer to the suffering of the children of men through the Lord’s suffering, is ready to arrange his contemplation in the proper way to experience the power of prayer, to receive the mysteries of the Lord’s Incarnation and crucifixion; he is ready, moreover, to receive even the mysteries of the triune God as they have been revealed, and to be changed by them.”