Contemplative prayer acts below the surface

Below the surface, the mind and will are drawn into the orbit of an activity that is deep and intense and supernatural, and which overflows into our whole being and brings forth incalculable fruits.

There is no such thing as a kind of prayer in which you do absolutely nothing. If you are doing nothing you are not praying. On the other hand, if God is the source of your interior activity, the work of your faculties may be entirely beyond conscious estimation, and its results may not be seen or understood.

What you most need in this dark journey is an unfaltering trust in the Divine guidance, as well as the courage to risk everything for Him.

From Thomas Merton, “New Seeds of Contemplation”

2 thoughts on “Contemplative prayer acts below the surface

  1. Carol Bezuidenhout August 14, 2020 — 10:29 am

    So good to hear this.. Understanding it’s a faith walk and Father sees the intentions of our heart in the stillness. .no need for anything relating to the mind to take place… still pondering.


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