There's a line in today's first reading that just fits so well with today's saint (Thomas Aquinas). Following on yesterday's prophecy of a dynasty or "house", "the King went in and sat before the Lord." That contemplative "going in" and just sitting in the Lord's presence is what King David and St Thomas had in common. What we find in the Psalms and in the Summa is the "contemplata" of these two men of God, according to the Dominican ideal "contemplata tradere aliis" (to hand on to others what has been contemplated).
The contemplative dimension of Christian life--any Christian life, not just the consecrated religious life--seems to have gotten relegated to the notion of an option, but it isn't. We can't live even a fully human life without the dimension of reflectiveness.
How do you protect or carve out a space for that "sitting with the Lord" in your daily life? Is it with a morning coffee ritual? A prayerful commute? A prayer corner in the house that you really use as such?