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Thomas Merton: Spiritual Direction And Meditation Paperback – June 1, 1960
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Merton's commentary on direction is incisive as always. He has a nasty habit of confronting me with my human weaknesses just when I think I've made a little spiritual progress. My spirituality must not be compartmentalized, it must encompass my every thought and action: holiness is not simply a matter of going to church every Sunday, it's how I brush my teeth. Further, my spiritual life must not become enslaved to form; it is all about substance. If the essence of my being is committed to the Holy Spirit, if love for God infuses my every thought and action, I will discern my vocation and conduct my life in harmony with His will. Certainly, a lay person may need guidance in this discernment, but for a religious, whose vocation is spiritual "perfection", it is imperative. Without proper guidance, and a lot of it, proper formation is impossible and the result is often a lost soul. Merton explains what a spiritual director should be, and perhaps more important, what he should not be. Very few of us can discern God's will in solitude-most of us need to talk things out, even if, as Merton points out, it is only a matter of hearing confirmation of what we already know in our heart.
Merton's commentary on meditation includes everything from explaining the true goal of meditation (union with God) to teaching the basics (e.g., it's best to meditate when seated). His primer is must reading for anyone interested in meditation, or anyone wishing to improve his/her prayer life in general.
director. The text is very readable and down to earth for those who live in a busy environment as well as monastics. I am grateful
for his suggestions for types of meditation which appeal to different personality types of people and for an encouraging approach
to all of us looking for ways to grow closer to Christ.
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Should be called "Spiritual Directors & Meditation". Regretfully I also think that they deliberately choose a misleading title since Spiritual Direction is currently a hot... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Sattamander
I needed to retread Merton for a Road Scholor program and I am glad I could get the books for the reduced price from Amazon.Published on January 4, 2014 by v r west
Anything by Merton is a good addition to a personal libray whether you are clergy or laity. Merton speaks clearly about the need for all of us to have a spiritual director as well... Read morePublished on November 26, 2013 by R. L. WINSTON
His exposition is excellent. great deep understanding of what is needed in christian meditation, down to earth directions, never misleading (its part of the whole, insigths and... Read morePublished on October 6, 2013 by jose l castorena