Contemplative prayer has proven most beneficial for me because it addressed my reliance on having the right questions and finding the right answers to those questions. In God, we don’t always have an assurance that our questions will be answered to our satisfaction or that we’ll even find the right questions to ask.
In the quiet of silence before God, I’ve found deliverance from my uneasy answers as they are replaced by God’s loving presence:
“Now anxiety is the mark of spiritual insecurity. It is the fruit of unanswered questions. But questions cannot go unanswered unless they first be asked. And there is a far worse anxiety, a far worse insecurity, which comes from being afraid to ask the right questions— because they might turn out to have no answer. One of the moral diseases we communicate to one another in society comes from huddling together in the pale light of an insufficient answer to a question we are afraid to ask.”
– Thomas Merton, No Man Is an Island
2 thoughts on “Monday Merton: Unasked Questions Lead to Spiritual Anxiety”
I had heard about Thomas Merton, not familiar before your series. I’m liking the direction, and the thought process you’ve gleaned, and been guiding us through. Good contemplation.
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