|Loretto Motherhouse - photo by Patricia Drury|
"I didn't say all I would like to have said about prayer. I think prayer supposed some kind of training, some kind of training that would not be just theologically in a vacuum. There must be some kind of basic training such as this way."From Sr. Luke's commentary:
"In training for mental prayer, the real training, the ... discipline, and learning is how to exercise oneself in different ways.
"The purpose of the ascetical life, the disciplined life, is freedom. Because as we begin to move through an ascetical life, it is so we can say 'yes' and 'no' when we want to."
"The purpose of the ascetical life is freedom so that when we choose to say "no," we can say "no"; when we choose to say "yes", we can say "yes." The addictive society in which we live today could learn a lot from that. The ability to choose, the chance to choose and to say "yes" or "no" to opportunities offered -- it takes some kind of training and discipline to be able to do that. That's what he is talking about. He sort of laid it down as a first principle here. So he wants them to have this ability."from "Hidden in the Same Mystery - Thomas Merton and Loretto", p. 68