Wouldn’t it be a shame if a musician never bothered to learn how to play an instrument due to spending too much time listening to recordings? As beautiful as recorded music is, it can never equal the joy and power of music performed live. This analogy extends to the contemplative life, where reading about prayer is a poor substitute for actually praying. Enjoy your spiritual reading — then put the books down. Embrace the silence within you.
Perhaps a life of contemplation is for you …»