Merton


Oh Woe Is Me?

“We will never get anywhere unless we can accept the fact that politics is an inextricable tangle of good and evil motives in which, perhaps, the evil predominate but where one must continue to hope doggedly in what little good can still be found”. Thomas Merton, New Seeds of Contemplation, Pg. 116   Life is full of perceived good and evil. Every day we make choices in how we live our lives. We can get […]


What is Salvation?

“It is not only our hatred of others that is dangerous but also and above all our hatred of ourselves: particularly that hatred of ourselves which is too deep and too powerful to be consciously faced. For it is this which makes us see our own evil in others and unable to see it in ourselves.” -New Seeds of Contemplation, Thomas Merton Long ago, I used to prayer to God to deliver me from evil. […]


Who were you intended to be?

What mask do you wear in order to keep people from knowing who you truly are? Do you even know? What kind of inquiry have you done to even find out who you are? We are all meant to be here for a purpose. We are not just here to overpopulate the planet. Think about it. Beyond all the chaos, crime, hunger, and strife, each of us was put here to serve mankind and the […]


I trust the process.

“We will never get anywhere unless we can accept the fact that politics is an inextricable tangle of good and evil motives in which, perhaps, the evil predominate but where one must continue to hope doggedly in what little good can still be found”. -New Seeds of Contemplation, Thomas Merton Richard Rohr also talks about the complete person being beyond the “broken world” and, in a broader dialog, that without spirituality we are incomplete, not […]


What is the contemplative experience?

“WE do not see God in contemplation—we know Him by love: for He is pure Love and when we taste the experience of loving God for His own sake alone, we know by experience Who and what He is.”  ~Thomas Merton, “New Seeds of Contemplation,” pg. 268 ~rev jim www.spirit-edu.com/learn/  “New Seeds of Contemplation” Online Spiritual Education #peace   #aworldthatworks Spirit Education is an authorized CSL Virtual Education Provider


God has a sense of humor.

Thomas Merton says that “we know Him (God) in so far as we are known by Him.” I experienced this connection with Spirit on occasion in my thirties in a humorous way. God apparently enjoys an occasional game of pool. The first time I experienced this connection, I wasn’t quite sure what to make of it, but it affected me deeply. The game started as it usually does, with the break. We play that we […]