1 Advent Thursday


To allow oneself to be carried away by a multitude of conflicting concerns, to surrender to too many demands, to commit oneself to too many projects, to want to help everyone in everything is to succumb to violence. More than that, it is cooperation in violence. The frenzy of the activist neutralizes his work for peace. It destroys his own inner capacity for peace. It destroys the fruitfulness of his own work, because it kills the root of inner wisdom which makes work fruitful.”

— Thomas Merton in Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander, reprinted in Seeds


Consider how you spend your time each day. Consider what might improve if you were not succumb to doing too much? Ask God to show you if there’s anything in your life you need to drop or cut back in order to find the inner peace Merton is speaking of in this mediation. If God clearly speaks to you, pray for the courage to let it go.

Ed Jansen, OCM

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