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Contemplation is life itself, fully awake, fully active, fully aware that it is alive. It is spiritual wonder. It is spontaneous awe at the sacredness of life, of being. It is gratitude for life, for awareness, and for being. … Contemplation is also the response to a call: a call from Him Who has no voice, and yet Who speaks in everything that is, and Who, most of all, speaks in the depths of our own being; for we ourselves are words of His. But we are words that are meant to respond to Him, to a … [Read more...]

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If you write for God you will reach many men and bring them joy.If you write for men — you may make some money and you may give someone a little joy and you may make a noise in the world, for a little while.If you write only for yourself you can read what you yourself have written and after ten minutes you will be so disgusted you will wish that you were dead. — Thomas Merton, New Seeds of Contemplation … [Read more...]

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If a writer is so cautious that he never writes anything that cannot be criticized, he will never write anything that can be read. If you want to help other people you have got to make up your mind to write things that some men will condemn. — Thomas Merton, New Seeds of Contemplation … [Read more...]

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I am certainly no judge of television, since I have never watched it. All I know is that there is a sufficiently general agreement, among men whose judgment I respect, that commercial television is degraded, meretricious and absurd. Certainly it would seem that TV could become a kind of unnatural surrogate for contemplation: a completely inert subjection to vulgar images, a descent to a sub-natural passivity rather than an ascent to a supremely active passivity in understanding and love. It … [Read more...]

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We become contemplatives when God discovers Himself in us. — Thomas Merton, New Seeds of Contemplation … [Read more...]

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The saint knows that the world and everything made by God is good, while those who are not saints either think that created things are unholy, or else they don't bother about the question one way or another because they are only interested in themselves. The eyes of the saint make all beauty holy and hte hands of the saint consecrate everything they touch to the glory of God, and the saint is never offended by anything and judges no man's sin because he does not know sin. He knows the mercy of … [Read more...]


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