My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road, though I may know nothing about it. Therefore I will trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.
Thomas Merton, “Thoughts in Solitude”
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Saint Ignatius of Loyola – Ignatian spirituality is a spirituality for everyday life. It insists that God is present in our world and active in our lives. It is a pathway to deeper prayer, good decisions guided by keen discernment, and an active life of service to others. Ignatian spirituality is rooted in the conviction that God is active, personal, and—above all—present to us.
Saint Teresa of Avila – expresses in beautiful language her deep relationship with God, and her words of wisdom and ever-hopeful outlook have inspired Christians everywhere for centuries. The Spanish Carmelite nun’s autobiography provides a perfect entrance point to the world of mental prayer. This book also contains St. Teresa’s writings on the four states of mental prayer. In the first stage, believers learn to pray. In the second, they experience the supernatural aspect of prayer. In the third, the soul is bathed inthe pleasure of God’s presence, and in the fourth, senses are abandonded in a sort of out-of-body experience where the sould feels only divine union.
Thomas Merton’s – writings address the transformative work required to awaken to our true selves, to bring God into our lives through contemplation, and to develop compassionate relationships with others and our environment. Living in such right relationships results in a life of unity reflecting the undeniable and essential connection between them. Bridge the gap between the sacred and the secular, between contemplation and action, between spirituality and religion by helping to reconcile the differences and clarify what it means to live a spiritual life. Are grounded in everyday experience and in a God-centered spirituality, as distinguished from popular secular spiritualities that appropriate or promote spiritual practices primarily for the physical and material benefit of the practitioner. Are inclusive in their examination of our contemplative nature as understood by the world’s major religious traditions. At the core of Thomas Merton’s spiritual writings is the search for the true self and the need for relationships with God, other people and all of creation.