#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.