Thinking Our Way Out of Contemplation

Preserve a loving attentiveness to God with no desire to feel or understand any particular thing concerning God.  – St John of the Cross, St. Maxims on Love, 9, in The Collected Works of St. John of the Cross

 . . . incessant rehearsing of our faults and failings, is just another mind game, more inner chatter that keeps the ego center stage. –   Martin Laird, Into the Silent Land: A Guide to the Christian Practice of Contemplation

The spiritual life is first of all a life. It is not merely something to be known and studied, it is to be lived.  – Thomas Merton, Thoughts in Solitude




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