Wholesome Food for the Soul

Something from Zibin’s blog that I loved:

Anthony DeMello, a Jesuit spiritual writer from India, recounts a dialogue between a disciple and a master:
D: “What can I do to make myself enlightened?”
T: “As little as you can do to make the sun rise in the morning.”
D: “Then of what use are the spiritual exercises you prescribe?”
T: “To make sure you are not asleep when the sun begins to rise.”

So simple, yet profound. So TRUE.

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Something else from Merton that I’ve been digesting which seems so relevant to me:

…give me the strength that waits upon You in silence and peace. Give me humility in which alone is rest, and deliver me from pride which is the heaviest of burdens. And possess my whole heart and soul with the simplicity of love. Occupy my whole life with the one thought and the one desire of love, that I may love not for the sake of merit, not for the sake of perfection, not for the sake of virtue, not for the sake of sanctity, but for You alone.

Now I realize that in the past, without realizing, I may have sought to love for the sake of perfection, for the sake of virtue… for the sake of sanctity…even though I thought that my desire to love was for God alone. While these are not evil in themselves, they are dangerous because they feed my pride. That is why Merton also says:

Even when I try to please God, I tend to please my own ambition, His enemy. There can be imperfection even in the ardent love of great perfection, even in the desire of virtue, of sanctity. Even the desire of contemplation can be impure, when we forget that true contemplation means the complete destruction of all selfishness – the most pure poverty and cleanness of heart.

How perfectly wonderful when a new understanding of a familiar truth dawns. :)

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