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“Do not be too anxious about your advancement in the ways of prayer, because you have left the beaten track and are traveling by paths that cannot be charted and measured.  Therefore leave God to take care of your degree of sanctity and of contemplation.  If you yourself try to measure your own progress you will waste your time in futile introspection.  Seek one thing alone: to purify your love of God more and more, to abandon yourself more and more perfectly to His will and to love Him more exclusively and more completely, but also more simply and more peacefully and with more total and uncompromising trust.” 

From What is Contemplation? by Thomas Merton  (Springfield, Illinois: Templegate Publishers, 1950), page 64-65.

Windows Toward the World is a featured blog today at Tag: Literary Publications.

Not only is Jessicca Vidrine the editor of Southern Hum Press, who published my chapbook, Paper Snowflakes, and the editor of Southern Hum, but she is also a teacher, just beginning her first assignment.  And not only is she a teacher, but she is also the mother of three small children.

And not only that, Jessicca, who lives in Louisiana,  is a poet and fiction writer, who just learned that her chapbook, What it Means to Let Go, has been accepted for publication by FootHills Publishing.  Congratulations Jessicca.

Jessicca has also served as a fiction editor for The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature.  And on her blog, Writer, Reader, Thinker, she claims she thinks, too, but I’m sure I don’t know when.  🙂

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