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Thomas Merton Contemplative Prayer


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Thomas Merton Contemplative Prayer

  1. 1. The Merton PrayerIn Thoughts in Solitude, Part Two, Chapter IIconsists of fifteen lines that have becomeknown as "the Merton Prayer."
  2. 2. Those who seek a life of prayer willfind this beautiful work of love ofGod indispensable.
  3. 3. While living contemplatively begins withone’s self, it invites us to be activeparticipants in the world around us. We areled to embrace not only our true self but todeepen our relationships with God,humanity, and all of creation.
  4. 4. "Contemplation is the highest expression of mansintellectual and spiritual life. It is that life itself, fullyawake, fully active, fully aware that it is alive. It isspiritual wonder. It is spontaneous awe at thesacredness of life, of being. It is gratitude for life,for awareness, and for being. It is a vividrealization of the fact that life and being in usproceed from an invisible, transcendent andinfinitely abundant Source. Contemplation is,above all, an awareness of the reality of thatSource."Thomas Merton
  5. 5. Contemplative practices facilitate and deepen ourrelationship with God. They are an opportunity toinvite the Indwelling Presence into everything we do.Contemplative practices give us the eyes to see andthe ears to hear God calling us to the banquet.The intent of Contemplative Outreach isto foster the process of transformation inChrist in one another through thepractice of the Centering Prayer