Contemplation is also the response to a call: a call from him who has no voice, and yet speaks in everything that is, and who, most of all, speaks in the depths of our own being: for we ourselves are words of his. Though we are words that are meant to respond to him, answer to him, to echo him, even in some way to contain him and signify him. Contemplation is the echo. It is the deep resonance in the innermost center of our spirit and which our very life loses its separate voice and re-sounds with the majesty and the mercy of the hidden and living one. He answers himself in us and this answer is divine life, divine creativity, making all things new. We ourselves become his echo and his answer. It is as if in creating us God asked a question, and on awakening us to contemplation he answered the question, so that the contemplative is at the same time, question and answer.
– Thomas Merton, News Seeds of Contemplation