Merton: The True Contemplative

merton jean jacket…the true contemplative is not the one who prepares [her] mind for a particular message that [s]he wants or expects to hear, but who remains empty because [s]he knows that [s]he can never expect or anticipate the word that will transform [her] darkness into light. …

[S]he waits on the Word of God in silence, and when [s]he is “answered,” it is not so much by a word that bursts into [her] silence. It is by [her] silence itself suddenly, inexplicably revealing itself to [her] as a word of great power, full of the voice of God.–Thomas Merton

Contemplative Prayer by Thomas Merton (New York: Image Books, 1996, p. 90.)

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