Heschel

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Monday, September 9, 2013

Piper's Pen and Prose: For Contemplatives

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© 2013 Piper Green

 The Message Of Hope the contemplative offers you, then, brother, is not that you need to find your way through the jungle of language problems that today surround God: but that whether you understand it or not, God loves you, saves you, and offers you an understanding and light which are like nothing you ever found in books or heard in sermons. The contemplative has nothing to tell you except to reassure you and say that if you dare to penetrate your own silence and risk the sharing of that solitude with the lonely other who seeks God through you, then you will truly recover the light and the capacity to understand what is beyond words and beyond explanations because it is too close to be explained: it is the intimate union in the depths of your own heart, of God’s spirit and your own secret inmost self, so that you and He are in all truth One Spirit. I love you in Christ. 

Thomas Merton from “Message of Contemplatives to the World.”

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