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Thomas Merton (1915-1968) is widely regarded as one of the most influential spiritual writers of modern times. He was a Trappist monk, writer, and peace and civil rights activist. His bestselling books include The Seven-Storey Mountain, New Seeds of Contemplation, and Mystics and Zen Masters.--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
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"We have few words left in which to accept our Cross from God. We are poorer than Job. Like him we are tempted to curse the day we came into existence because our whole life is full of evil. But we do not have his eloquence. When we talk to ourselves we have even less to say than Job's friends. We have nothing. We may spiritually share the utter degradation of the Jews who, reduced to skeletons, walked to their death in the furnaces of Auschwitz... But it is licit to pray to God to be spared such extremes. We are poor enough as it is, and our poverty includes a tacit permission to be un-heroic. For this lack of show, this absence of all verve in our sacrifice, is essential to our age. There is no place in our spirituality for anything that inspires wonder, in ourselves or in others. And this is right, because man has lost all wonder for the things of God. He no longer marvels at anything except the prodigies of the Apocolyptic Beast. Hence it is right that our lives, and our prayer, should be empty of all that is wonderful. The supreme mystery is so hidden that it has nothing to show for itself at all, least of all a Götterdämmerung, a sunset of the gods. Nietzsche speaking of our world, proclaimed that God was dead. And that is why, in our contemplation, God must often seem to be absent, as though dead. But the truth of our contemplation is this: that never more than today has He made His presence felt by 'being absent.' In this, then, we are most faithful: that we prefer the darkness, and in the very depths of our being, value this emptiness and apparent absence. We need not struggle vainly to make Him present, if such struggles are a mockery. Leave nothingness as it is. In it, He is present." (p.121-122)
I had a copy of this book when it was only available as an off-print, which came as a set of eight thin booklets. It's nice to have it in the form of a single book. If you are a Merton fan, you simply must have this book in your personal library. If you've never read anything by Merton, this book would be a great introduction to his works.
As a Roman Catholic, I would strongly suggest reading this book, praying with this book and learning how to listen to God's words of consolation within the deeper 'self'.
Second, I will encourage psychotherapist, who are intellectually and spiritually knowledgeable to consider reading this book because of the depth-psychology Father Thomas Merton uses in explaining spiritual discernment.
Some of Merton's other books may well be more engaging, more entertaining, but this is a contemplative manual of great value.