The Sunday Voice with Thomas Merton


January 31, 2016

2 Corinthians 5:17

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 


Prayer and meditation have an important part to play in opening up new ways and new horizons. If our prayer is the expression of a deep and grace-inspired desire for newness of life–and not the mere blind attachment to what has always been familiar and “safe,” God will act in us and through us to renew the Church by preparing, in prayer, what we cannot yet imagine or understand. In this way our prayer and faith today will be oriented toward the future which we ourselves may never see fully realized on earth.

Thomas Merton, Contemplation in a World of Action.

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  1. What might it mean for you to approach prayer in the way Merton speaks of above?
  2. How can our prayers become an “expression of a deep and grace-inspired desire for newness of life?”
  3. How do you think this kind of prayer contributes to awakenings in churches? communities? nations?

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