His contemplative gaze ran over her face and paused on her lips.
She was contemplative and calm, sad but not suicidal.
He experienced within himself the inward call to seek the amelioration of mankind and their deliverance from ruin, and regarded this inner impulse, intensified as it was by long, contemplative solitude and by visions, as being the call addressed to him by God Himself.
This combination of the contemplative life and the life of learning had already developed in the Egyptian monasteries.
The life is mainly given up to devotional contemplative exercises; the church services are of extreme length; intellectual study is little cultivated; manual labour has almost disappeared; there are many hermits on Athos.