A few quotes from Thomas Merton that struck me on my sabbatical time.
Re: The Spiritual Man
In all that he does he acts freely, simply, spontaneously from the depths of his heart, moved by love.
Re: Not having a Mentor
Naturally, one who has sought direction and not found it will not be held responsible for its lack, and God Himself will make to the soul what is wanting to it in His own way.
Re: The Care of the Director
His first duty, if he wants to be an effective director, is to see to his own interior life and take time for prayer and meditation, since he will never be able to give to others what he does not possess himself.
That's the good stuff, still chewing on them.