Tyranny of the False Self

Contemplating Christ

The Apotheosis of Washington, Constantino Brumidi, 1865

United States Capitol Rotunda, Washington D.C.

"A spiritual truth to which our culture and society have so success­fully numbed us is that the contemplative life is not a luxury or a quaint pastime but a matter of grave spiritual, social, and now even planetary urgency. Contemplatives know this intuitively. The prayer of silence that confronts the tyranny of the false self and opens us to the transforming power of the Spirit is a moral imperative."


Contemplating Christ, 90.