LORD, hear my prayer; let my cry come to you. Do not hide your face from me in the day of my distress. Turn your ear to me; when I call, answer me quickly.” Psalm 102: 2-3

Merton’s Voice:

There is no such thing as a kind of prayer in which you do absolutely nothing. …Contemplative prayer is a deep and simplified spiritual activity in which the mind and will are fused into one.

Thomas Merton.  Seeds of Contemplation. (Norfolk, CT: New Directions Books, 1949): 160.