Thanks for that insight. The practice of his "contemplative life" as recorded in his books seems to provide many, many valuable insights.
It reminded me of a reference cited by my Teacher a few weeks ago on a discussion on spirituality and passion. The reference related to the work of Emil Brunner - a Swiss theologian in the post World War 2 period. Emil delivered series of lectures on Faith, Hope and Love. The contexts were:
Faith - linked to the past;
Hope - linked to the future; and
Love - the present.
Thinking about this life journey within these contexts under the light of a contemplative spiritual life, these words take on an amazing panoramic meaning (well for this crazy person anyway).
By the way, I had the chance to read the Ethics of the Fathers lead you provided in a post a while ago. I really appreciate the the reference. I couldn't help but search for your comment again in that post after reading the Ethics of the Fathers...
You are clearly a wellspring of wisdom yourself.
Nothing but the best...