This new language of prayer has to come out of something which transcends
all our traditions, and comes out of the immediacy of love.¹ ~ Thomas Merton
What I’ve learned …over these last thirty years is that our common spirituality–our global spirituality–is forged together by the prayer of love that transcends religions. It is not a reality that is conceived and constructed by the mind, but a state of consciousness we discover is already present by surrendering ourselves to or sinking down into the spiritual core of life. Global spirituality is an affair of the heart that begins deep within one’s soul and is the soul’s active expression of the unity of creation that sustains diversity and difference rather than marginalizing those differences. Global spirituality is not solely concerned with the coming together of different religions, but with following a divine call to love in a new way, to be holier. It is a sacred experience on the human horizon that is drawing people toward a mystical, rather than religious expression of faith.²
¹Thomas Merton, A Thomas Merton Reader, ed. Thomas P. McDonnell (New York: Image, 1974), 212.
² Beverly Lanzetta, Emerging Heart: Global Spirituality and the Sacred (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2007), 114-115.