In a moment of reflection on the joyful eagerness of the novices of his abbey, Thomas Merton made the following observation:
“We get so much in our own way and try to carry so much useless baggage in the spiritual life. And how difficult it is to help them without unconsciously adding much more useless badge to the load they already carry, instead of relieving them of it (which is what I try to do).”
– Thomas Merton, Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander
What if the adding or relieving of spiritual baggage serves as the mark of authentic spiritual wisdom and guidance?