Tuesday, July 5, 2011

by technique?


All truly contemplatives souls have this in common: 
not that they gather exclusively in the desert, 
or that they shut themselves up in reclusion, 
but that where He is, there they are. 

And how do they find Him? By technique? 
There is no technique for finding Him. 
They find Him by His will. And His will, 
bringing them grace within and arranging their lives exteriorly, 
carries them infallibly to the precise place in which they can find Him. 
Even there they do not know how they have got there, 
or what they are really doing.

Thomas Merton
from  Thoughts in Solitude
sketch by the author