If you ask who should take up contemplation I would reply: all those who have sincerely forsaken the world and who have set aside the concerns of the active life. These people, even if they have at one time been habitual sinners, should devote themselves to nourishing the grace of contemplative prayer.
Cloud of Unknowing
- Why Contemplative Prayer Is Work and Toil
- Who Has the Aptitude for Contemplative Work?