Listening to Tradition, Thursday, September 25, 2008

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An activity that is based on the frenzies and impulsions of human ambition is a delusion and an obstacle to grace. It gets in the way of God's will, and it creates more problems than it solves.  We must learn to distinguish between the pseudo spirituality of activism and the true vitality and energy of Christian action guided by the Spirit. At the same time we must not create a split in the Christian life by assuming that all activity is somehow dangerous to the spiritual life. The spiritual life is not a life of quiet withdrawal, a hothouse growth of artificial ascetic practices beyond the reach of people living ordinary lives.  It is in the ordinary duties and labors of life that the Christian can and should develop his spiritual union with God

 

From Thomas Merton, Life and Holiness, pg 8

 

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