a person like me at a time like this

I have to share one more from Peter Gomes, again from The Scandalous Gospel of Jesus.

  Jesus does not ask us to behave as he did; he asks us to behave as we ought—which is why
asking “What would Jesus have me do?” is far riskier than asking what Jesus himself would do.
It might very well be as Thomas Merton writes: “It seems to me that I have greater peace
and am closer to God when I am not ‘trying to be a contemplative,’ or trying to be anything special,
but simply orienting my life fully and completely towards what seems to be required
of a man like me at a time like this.”

"…orienting my life fully and completely towards what seems to be required of a [person] like me at a time like this." Did he really begin that clause with "simply"?

Sounds pretty darn tough if you ask me!



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