No sin is private, hurting no one but ourselves.“Bridges to Contemplative Living with Thomas Merton,” edited by Jonathan Montaldo and Robert G. Toth
I’m using “Bridges to Contemplative Living with Thomas Merton: Lent and Holy Week as a devotional this Lent. The section regarding the week of Ash Wednesday, which ends today, invokes some deep thought.
The concept that “No sin only hurts us” struck me as I read it. I tend to think that I keep the shiny side up around other people. Life at home is a looser interpretation of the Gospel commands. So I am pondering that quote today.
The Ash Wednesday section asks some good questions about our faith journey that I also wanted to share:
- How has your personal understanding of Lent, sin and conversion changed as you have matured in your spiritual life?
- What hoped-for change in your mind and heart do you pray for this Lent?
- In what ways have you, by grace and your own inner work, grown beyond your former way of life?
The nice thing about growing is there’s always more to do. These questions make good prompts for meditating and journaling. We can go before the Lord in contemplation to ask what His answers for us would be.
Bridges to Contemplative Living is a series from the Merton Institute for Contemplative Living, which closed in 2012. Ave Maria Press still publishes the books.