Photos by Nancy Bauer, OSB
Author: Lois Wedl, OSB
Have you ever hungered for a life of prayer but just didn’t know how to go about it? Thomas Merton’s response would be: “If you want a life of prayer, the way to get it is by praying.” He encourages us to start where we are and to deepen what we already have. If we do that, we will discover that we are already there. In prayer we discover what we already have. Everything has been given us by Christ. All we have to do is to experience what we already possess. To the question: How do we do that, Merton says, “We must slow down to a human tempo and we’ll begin to have time to listen.” If we want to experience prayer, we have to experience, to savor, to let life fully come to itself in us. Like lovers, we need to take time to just be together.