New Seeds of Contemplation by Thomas Merton

p. 13. …the deep, inexpressible certitude of the contemplative experience awakens a tragic anguish and opens manmy questions in the depths of hte heart like wounds that cannon stop bleeding. For every g ain in deep certitude thre is a corresponding growth of superficial “doubt.” This doubt is by no means opposed to genuine faith, but it merciilessly examines and questions the spurious “‘faith” of everyday life, the human faith which is nothing but the passive acceptance of conventional opinion.

16-17. The ever-changing reality in the midst of which we live should awaken us to the possibility of an uninterrupted dialogue with God. By this I do not mean continuous “talk,” or a frivolously conversation for of affective prayer…but a dialogue of love and of choice. A dialogue of deep wills.

20. To obey Him is to respond to His will expressed in the need of another person, or at least to respect the rights of others.