Merton’s Voice: One has begun to know the meaning of contemplation when he intuitively and spontaneously seeks the dark and unknown path of aridity in preference to every other way. The contemplative is one who would rather not know than know. …Only when we are able to “let go” of everything within us, all desire to see, to know, to taste and to experience the presence of God, do we truly become able to experience that presence with the overwhelming conviction and reality that revolutionize our entire life.

Thomas Merton, Contemplative Prayer (New York: Image Books) p. 89

Prayer: The Lord will give what is good, and our land will yield its increase. Righteousness will go before him, and will make a path for his steps. NRSV Psalm 85: 12-13.