How to seek God perfectly

“For there is only one thing that can satisfy love and reward it, and that is You alone.

“This then is what it means to seek God perfectly: to withdraw from illusion and pleasure, from worldly anxieties and desires, from the works that God does not want, from a glory that is only human display; to keep my mind free from confusion in order that my liberty may be always at the disposal of His will; to entertain silence in my heart and listen for the voice of God; to cultivate an intellectual freedom from the images of created things in order to receive the secret contact of God in obscure love; to love all men as myself; to rest in humility and to find peace in withdrawal from conflict and competition with other men; to turn aside from controversy and put away heavy loads of judgment and censorship and criticism and the whole burden of opinions that I have no obligation to carry; to have a will that is always ready to fold back within itself and draw all the powers of the soul down from its deepest center to rest in silent expectancy for the coming of God, poised in tranquil and effortless concentration upon the point of my dependence on Him; to gather all that I am, and have all that I can possibly suffer or do or be, and abandon them all to God in the resignation of a perfect love and blind faith and pure trust in God, to do His will.

“And then to wait in peace and emptiness and oblivion of all things.

“Bonum est praestolari cum silentio salutare Dei. (It is good to wait in silence for the salvation of God.)”

From Thomas Merton, “New Seeds of Contemplation”

3 thoughts on “How to seek God perfectly

  1. Craig C. Greene August 29, 2021 — 8:23 am

    Good word

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  2. Dear Rob, I wish to thank you for the mail that i regularly receive from you. They are a Blessing to us and much appreciated. We went to see Pastor Anstruther last week, now staying

    with his daughter after his bout with the Covid Virus, and his operation on his Bladder. He cannot drive his car yet, but he feels that he is getting stronger each day. Adeline and I are flying to Zimbabwe on the 1st of September, where we will stay with our eldest daughter Lesley and son in law Larry’s farm , near Chinoyi (was Sinoia). We will be there for 3 weeks which will be a Blessing  for us. We wll. be able to receive any mail that you have for us and we will share it there. We do pray the Lord’s Blessings over You, Your family, and your Ministry.


    1. Thanks Barry! Nice to hear from you and may Christ’s presence be you great joy


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