Spiritual Direction and Meditation
Liturgical Press, 1960 - Religion - 108 pages
Merton, whose own tortuous path to spiritual maturity is well known, here offers the knowledge gained during that experience. He discusses the meaning and purpose of spiritual direction, and how to profit from that direction.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - allenkeith - LibraryThing
Great book! Why? Because it provides 'down-to-earth' sensible information and guidance concerning the two subjects declared in the book's title. I have read a number of books on spiritual direction ... Read full review
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Merton's commentary on meditation includes everything from explaining the true goal of meditation (union with God) to teaching the basics (e.g., it's best to meditate when seated). His primer is must ... Read full review
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Page 13 - It is a continuous process of formation and guidance, in which a Christian is led and encouraged in his special vocation, so that by faithful correspondence to the graces of the Holy Spirit he may attain to the particular end of his vocation and to union with God.