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I agree fully with Shoshana, Thomas Merton is NOT a good place to start for learning about the depths of prayer. That being said, he was an excellent writer, one of my favorites, and I believe he was greatly misunderstood in many ways. But, as was said, his writings are extremely ambiguous, incorporating many eastern religions and ideas. Great literature, but not a place to go to learn the depths of Catholic prayer.
I am currently in the minor seminary formation program for the diocese, but I too strongly feel called to a cloistered Carmel. The desire to be truly united with God, free of ALL other attachments and resigned to whatever His will is for life (a difficult path, to be sure) is at the center of Carmelite spirituality. St. John of the Cross as well as Teresa of Avila CAN be extremely tough, but I still feel they are worth pursuing, even when first getting into this deeper prayer. Have you read St. Teresa's "Interior Castle"? Even if you don't get everything, that's a wonderful book to become acquainted with the Carmelite way of prayer. Shoshana's recommendations of Ralph Martin and Fr. Groeschel are excellent choices as well. May God bless you and help you in your discernment process!
In Christ and Our Lady,
Thank you Frank! I have also read many of Merton's books...but I have given them all away....God was calling me to the carmelite charism...mainly John of the Cross. But as I said there are many books that 'interpret' his writings.
As far as Fr Groeschel goes, here is a link of most of his books...but mainly these books are excellent for a grounded spirituality (he also uses John of the Cross, etc)
http://franciscanfriars.com/BTC/atthecross/journey.jpg and Spiritual Passages is a very good one on prayer...and 'In the presence of Our Lord' is the history of the Eucharist through the ages. There are so many good books of his!!!
Also the book "Fulfillment of all Desire:
*The Fulfillment of all Desire by: Ralph Martin *
1.bp.blogspot.com/_2_UP4DuuNxE/S3mGIpM_veI/AAAAAAAADGo/x4WGqo8ZS2I/s200/FulfillmentDesire.jpgThe Fulfillment of all Desire:
A Guidebook for the Journey
to God Based on the Wisdom
of the Saints**
Emmaus Road Publishing
The subtitle of this book is A Guidebook for the Journey to God Based on the Wisdom of the Saints. Ralph Martin, a leader within the renewal movement, has taught on this subject in many different settings and in many different ways. In this book he examines seven of the 33 Doctors of the church and how their writings contribute to the understanding of a spiritual journey. These studies are done through the three stages of spiritual growth.