Lenten Reflection: Ch. 9 of Thoughts in Solitude

15 February 2008

Merton now turns to “experiencing our own ‘nothingness'”, definitely a mystical topic of particular interest to medieval and ancient mystics.

His take is that someone must love herself enough to not say “I wish I were not the way I was” and to love herself exactly as she is, as God does.  It is precisely our faults and flaws that make us lovable, because they make us need the love of others and the mercy of God.

The proud person thinks he is entitled to love and honor, but is not really, because it is only by recognizing what we truly are that we achieve that honor.

More and more lately, I feel that true humility is recognizing how we truly are and escaping the anxiety that might provoke by trusting in the love of God and others’ love for us.  Another important Lenten theme.


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