Faith is a belief and trust in what we perceive as true. It is shown in not just what we say but in how we act. Therefore, if we have faith in something, we tend to speak, act and think in conformity with that belief. Our beliefs give direction to our lives. Thus we might say that obedience is a fruit of faith in the sense that we tend to obediently and willingly conform ourselves to that which we believe.
There is, it seems, in contemplation an element by which we conceptualize and energize the mode(s) by which we conform ourselves to what we believe. So, it is not without reason that we might say that contemplation is a fruit of the obedience which is the fruit of faith. This obedience is not a submission to a set of institutional commands but rather an urging that comes from the center of our being. It speaks to us and we contemplate its voice. Over time we trust it and want to submit to it. Its suggestions are gifts – a flood of various graces that urge us on and beg to be contemplated and obeyed as we obey that which we believe is truth. It is like a nutrient which courses through our spiritual veins that may, like the flow of blood, be easily ignored, but when attended to moves us to examine and meditate upon what we believe. It is as if once attended to, it must be obeyed. Such obedience is acceptance of a grace – a gift by which You draw us closer to Your embrace. Again, when attended to, there is something almost imperative about the progression from grace to faith to obedience to contemplation.