Merton: Prayer and ‘Doublemindedness’

merton1 Without courage we can never attain to true simplicity. Cowardice keeps us “double minded” – hesitating between the world and God. …And this hesitation makes true prayer impossible – it never quite dares to ask for anything, or if it asks, it is so uncertain of being heard that in the very act of asking, it surreptitiously seeks by human prudence to construct a make-shift answer.–Thomas Merton

Thoughts in Solitude, by Thomas Merton (New York: Farrar, Strauss, Giroux, 1956, p 24.)

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