Thursday, December 10, 2009

Merton: union with God

Thursday, December 10, 2009
    Commemoration of Thomas Merton, Monk, Spiritual Writer, 1968
    No one has seen the Father except the one who is from God; only he has seen the Father.
    —John 6:46 (NIV)
    We must remember that our experience of union with God, our feeling of His presence, is altogether accidental and secondary. It is only a side effect of His actual presence in our souls, and gives no sure indication of that presence in any case. For God Himself is above all apprehensions and ideas and sensations, however spiritual, that can ever be experienced by the spirit of man in this life.
    ... Thomas Merton (1915-1968), No Man is an Island, New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1955; reprint, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2002, p. 225 (see the book)
Quiet time reflection:
    Though I am alone, Lord, I receive Your assurance that You are with me.
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