When James Finley was a young monk at the monastery of Gethsemane, he
shared with Thomas Merton (who was his spiritual director) his frustration at his
seemingly inept efforts to experience God’s presence. Merton responded:
“How does an apple ripen? It just sits in the sun.”
Not that we don’t need to continue to seek God, but by our own efforts alone we
cannot achieve spiritual maturity. We must bring ourselves to the Light where
God’s grace seasons us into juicy, sweet, flavorful ripeness.
--Richard Rohr. Richard Rohr’s Daily Meditation for November 8, 2014.