I consider that the spiritual life is the life of [one’s] real self, the life of that interior self whose flame is so often allowed to be smothered under the ashes of anxiety and futile concern.
— Thomas Merton, No Man Is an Island
In these few words Merton has spelled out our scope: the ‘real self’ God made us to be; how to find it; and how to fan it into flame amid the ashes of our lives.
- What do you think of the notion that each of us has a ‘real self’?
- To what extent do you feel in touch with your real self?
- What are the ashes in your life that hinder your real self from emerging and thriving?