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I am slowly and deliberately re reading New Seeds of Contemplation by Thomas Merton. It amazes me how so many times in my life, God has shown off his ability to lead me in a direction.  Getting this book to the front of my mind was no different. I had a meeting that as it was ending, Thomas Merton was mentioned as an aside because the person with whom I was meeting is writing a book on Merton. Cool stuff. Merton’s wisdom goes beyond teaching how to pray.  That’s what I saw the first time I read this book 3 years ago.  This time around, God is teaching me how to let go of my self-centered ego and latch on Him through this book. My ego, or “false self” as Merton calls it, is a slave driver. The world has become my oyster and is there to serve my “little tyrant ego”.  It’s empty and insatiable. Good stuff, bad stuff, middle of the road stuff…all empty when it serves anything but God. Detaching from my ego and latching on to God sounds simple enough, but we all know it just isn’t so simple. Merton tells us that we aren’t looking to the world as something to let go of or run away from.  In fact, that is bad.  Created things are good. God gives us these things to remind us of His presence and His love. If we (I) can change my perspective and be in the moment with this concept, I will learn to see God in all things good and bad (meaning things I don’t particularly like; scorching hot days, anxiety, injuries, etc). This book has opened a new chapter in my relationship with God and in essence with my wife and the rest of the world.  I look forward to taking you along this journey with me.

 

 

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