Thought for the Day

Too many ascetics fail to become great saints precisely because their rules and ascetic practices have merely deadened their humanity instead of setting it free to develop richly, in all its capacities, under the influence of grace. — Thomas Merton, Thoughts in Solitude … [Read more...]

Quote for the Day

Broadly speaking, then, we can say that there are three kinds of contemplation: one is philosophical and its peak-point is a metaphysical experience of being; the second has for its object Christian dogmas the inner meaning of which it savors with the light of faith; the third is a high form of union with God, conferred gratuitously upon His intimate friends. A consideration of these three kinds of contemplation helps us to understand the traditional relationship between reason, dogma, and … [Read more...]

Quotes for the Day

All the way to heaven is heaven. — Catherine of Siena, as quoted in New Monasticism by Jonathan Wilson-HartgroveYou are as holy as you want to be. —Jan van Ruusbroec, as quoted in Ruusbroec and His Mysticism by Paul VerdeyenGod never grants mystical wisdom without love. — John of the Cross, The Dark Night of the Soul … [Read more...]

Quote for the Day

If we live by faith we shall judge things very differently from the way people do who rely only on the evidence of their senses and so remain unaware of the priceless treasure hidden under appearances. If we know that someone in disguise is really our king we shall behave very differently toward him than will someone who sees only an ordinary man. He will treat him as such. Now, if we see the will of God in the most trifling affairs, in every misfortune, and in every disaster, we shall accept … [Read more...]

Quotes for the Day

The tragedy of modern man is that his creativity, his spirituality, and his contemplative independence are inexorably throttled by a superego that has sold itself without question or compromise to the devil of technology....The contemplative seeks to liberate his soul from all external control, to purify and detach it from material, sensual, and even spiritual compulsions, and to surrender it to the truth and creative freedom of the Holy Spirit. — Thomas Merton, The Inner Experience: Notes o … [Read more...]


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