Detachment Thomas Merton's - New Seeds of Contemplation

“You will never be able to pray perfectly until you are detached from the pleasures of prayer.” These words capture the essence of Chapter 28, Detachment. I admit, I take pleasure in prayer time. My hour plus of God time at the end of the day, to pray the Liturgy of the Hours, to do a little spiritual reading, to listen to uplifting music, to sit in silent reflection. The pleasure continues often into the night as Relevant Radio or We Are One Body radio station plays softly through a pillow speaker or perhaps it …Follow this path →

Free Will – New Seeds of Contemplation

Chapter 27 – What is Liberty? Merton gives a straightforward definition of freedom, “to do the will of God.” He considers the lowest limit of freedom is our ability to choose between good and evil. That choice in itself is deceptive, for when we choose evil, it is only because we see it as an apparent good. We are caught in the trap of choosing what we really did not want and therefore not truly free. The evil one is very clever indeed! True freedom is the ability to choose what is always good and …Follow this path →