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Contemplative Prayer- Thomas Merton

Contemplative Prayer- Thomas Merton
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Contemplative Prayer

Thomas Merton

In this classic text, Thomas Merton offers valuable guidance for prayer.  He brings together a wealth of meditative and mystical influences - from John of the Cross to Eastern desert monasticism - to create a spiritual path for today.  Most important, he shows how the peace contacted through meditation should not be sought in order to evade the problems of contemparary life, but can instead be directed back out into the world to effect positive change.  

Contemplative Prayer is one of the most well-known works of spirituality of the last one hundred years, and it is a must-read for all seeking to live a life of purpose in today's world.

In a moving and profound introduction, Nhich Nhat Hanh offers his personal recollections of Merton and compares the contemplative traditions of East and West.

"This is not a how-to book. It is a study of the history and meaning and reason for contemplative prayer, deeply thought of, deeply experienced. My little old copy is dogeared and heavily underlined, having been read so many times. And it is not my first copy - I've given others to friends.
As with much of Merton's writing, it is a tool for examining our own prayer, our own lives. He shows us many ways we may be evading the very goal of our prayer, how we may be shielding ourselves from God's light shining upon us.
Merton did not write this book in order to become popular. It is not all sweetness and gentle breezes of the Spirit. It is more like a cold wind that seeks to blow away our defenses and leave us face to face with what our souls really want - God. Whether we enjoy the process is not the point, but a book like this lets us know that we are not alone on the path, that, tough as it is, others have gone before. It gives comfort in the old English meaning of the word: strengthening. Read this if you need a good dose of spiritual tonic."

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