Lenten Reflection: Ch. 10 of Thoughts in Solitude

16 February 2008

Here Merton plunges into a long chapter on the nature of meditative, contemplative, interior prayer.

He begins with the Incarnation, suggesting that God lived an (extraordinary yet still) ordinary human’s life so that ordinary human life might be sanctified. Consequently, entering into contemplation is possible for ordinary humans. Life must be lived. Spiritual life is primarily life.

I can say, “I am too busy.” I can think, “No time for meditation today.” And sometimes there isn’t. But if anything we do can be done mindlessly (and safely), then this can be the place of meditation.

The reality of contemplation is that it might be hard work, but it is completely possible for every day people who attempt total conversion to God, a complete turning towards God to experience God.

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