Tuesday, March 27, 2012
What to read for today.
Chapter 29: Mental Prayer
Questions for your personal reflection.
Did this chapter shed any light on what you are experiencing as you practice this Lenten discipline?
Sharing with others: What caught your attention or provoked your thinking today?
I thought that Merton was gently poking fun at meditation books, including New Seeds of Contemplation. He was cautioning us not to try to replicate what people write about and to have our own spiritual experiences. The less appealing message was that these experiences must involve suffering, darkness, pain, anguish. This sheds light on or expands what Merton said in Chapter 28, that we shouldn’t get too attached to the pleasurable aspects of our interior life because there is more to it than that.
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