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4861#4861 Wednesday, March 6, 2013 - Editor: Jerry Katz

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      #4861 Wednesday, March 6, 2013 - Editor: Jerry Katz
       
       
       

       
       
       
       
       
      by Thomas Merton
       
      “Sometimes contemplatives think that the whole end and essence of their life is to be found in recollection and interior peace and the sense of the presence of God.  They become attached to these things.  But recollection is just as much a creature as an automobile.  The sense of interior peace is no less created than a bottle of wine.  The experimental ‘awareness’ of the presence of God is just as truly a created thing as a glass of beer.  The only difference is that recollection and interior peace – and the sense of the presence of God – are spiritual pleasures and the other are material.   Attachment to spiritual things is therefore just as much an attachment as inordinate love of anything else.  The imperfection may be more hidden and more subtle: but from a certain point of view that only makes it all the more harmful because it is not so easy to recognize.”