Merton’s Voice:

The utter simplicity and obviousness of the infused light which contemplation pours into our soul suddenly awakens us to a new level of awareness. We enter a region which we had never even suspected, and yet it is this new world which seems familiar and obvious.

Merton, Thomas, New Seeds of Contemplation (New York: New Directions, 1961) 226

Psalm 103: 1

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name.

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“The father said: ‘My son, you are with me always and all I have is yours. But it was only right we should celebrate and rejoice because your brother was dead and has come to life; he was lost and he is found.” (Luke 15)

(In the parable of the prodigal) I want you to know that you are the younger child, you are the older child, and you are called to become the parent who loves unconditionally. There is a younger child in you that needs conversion, and there is an older child in you that needs conversion. There is also a parent in you that needs to emerge so that you can welcome all those who ‘return’ to you day after day.