"I'm more concerned about the question of personal commitment on the part of the believer. The scholars can discuss who Jesus is. But, as a person who helps people to actually pray, I hope that the pray-ers can make a personal connection between the life of Jesus and how we actually live our lives."...

Our experience of God's grace is not always overwhelming. It often comes to us in scraps and crumbs, rather than neat and tidy slices. . .. I'm sure that the elements that we bring to our prayer in an examen are scraps and crumbs from the day."...

In 1992, Pope John Paul II authorized a new Catechism of the Catholic Church . . . This series will try to explain various teachings of the Catechism in a simple way that hopefully will be easily understood ....

"A natural question is about how we expect God to appear to us. My experience is that God usually surprises us. God will not announce God-self and draw arrows and offer bright lights to say, look here. It is me, God. We have to discern. We must ponder the prayer experience in the context of life and the situation of our culture."...

St. Bonaventure University "(then a college) is where Merton taught for several terms all the while struggling with the path he might take. Poet? Professor? Volunteer at Catherine de Hueck Doherty's Friendship House in Harlem? Join a religious order? Become a Franciscan?"...

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