help me live in Your presence

On March 27, 1968, Thomas Merton responded to a Carmelite superior who had questioned him about the meaning of “continual prayer.”  He tells her that this is indeed a long tradition about prayer–one that goes back to the desert fathers.  Yet he is at pains to point out that it is often misunderstood.  It becomes a serious problem when people think it means that one must continually concentrate on some concept or some object or some feeling.  “What is really meant,” he says, “is continual openness to God, attentiveness, listening, disposability, etc.”

William Shannon – Silence on Fire

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