I’ve read in this forum where some have stated that emotions have no place in the spiritual life. I began to pray and reflect on this, and the Lord led me to; Thomas Mertons, “Thoughts In Solitude,”
the chapter on “Aspects of the Spirtual Life.” pages 13 and 14.
Here’s a piece of what he wrote;
It would be absurd to suppose that because emotion sometimes interferes with reason, that it therefore has no place in the spiritual life. Christianity is not stoicism. The Cross does not sanctify us by destroying human feeling. Detachment is not insensibility. Too many ascetics fail to become graint saints precisely because their rules and ascetic practices have merely deadened their humanity instead of setting it free to develop richly, in all its capacities, under the influence of grace.
Further one he wrote;
If we are without human feelings we cannot love God in the way in which we are meant to love Him-- as men. If we do not respond to human affection we cannot be loved by God in the way in which He has willed to love us–with the Heart of the Man, Jesus, Who is God, the son of God, and the annointed Christ.
Very profound and true words.