Thinking & Practice

by Caleb Roberts

In secular usage, meditari means, in a general way, to think, to reflect, as does cogitare or considerare; but more than these, it often implies an affinity with the practical or even moral order.  It implies thinking of a thing with the intent to do it; in other words, to prepare oneself for it, to prefigure it in the mind, to desire it, in a way, to do it in advance, briefly, to practice it.  The word is also applied to physical exercises and sports, to those of military life, of the school world, to rhetoric, poetry, music and, finally, to moral practices.  To practice a thing by thinking of it, is to fix it in the memory, to learn it. (20)

Jean Leclercq | The Love of Learning and the Desire for God