Monthly Archives: July 2012

Day 21 – Forty Days with Thomas Merton

Day 21 Everything about this hermitage fills me with joy. There are lots of things that could have been far more perfect one way or the other — ascetically and ‘domestically.” But it is the place God has given me … Continue reading

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Day 20 – Forty Days with Thomas Merton

Day 20 The true contemplative is not one who prepares his mind for a particular message that he wants or expects to hear, but is one who remains empty because he knows that he can never expect to anticipate the … Continue reading

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Day 19 – Forty Days with Thomas Merton

Day 19 Teach me to go to this country beyond words and beyond names. Teach me to pray on this side of the frontier, here where these woods are. I need to be led by you. I need my heart … Continue reading

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Day 18 – Forty Days with Thomas Merton

Day 18 Solitude is not something you must hope for in the future. Rather, it is a deepening of the present, and unless you look for it in the present you may never find it. — Thomas Merton in Turning … Continue reading

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Day 17 – Forty Days with Thomas Merton

Day 17 To keep ourselves spiritually alive we must constantly renew our faith. We are like pilots of fog-bound steamers, peering into the gloom in front of us, listening for the sounds of other ships, and we can only reach … Continue reading

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Day 16 – Forty Days with Thomas Merton

Day 16 The more I am able to affirm others, to say “yes” to them in myself, by discovering them in myself and myself in them, the more real I am. I am fully real if my own heart says … Continue reading

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Day 15 – Forty Days with Thomas Merton

Day 15 Violence rests on the assumption that the enemy and I are entirely different: the enemy is evil and I am good. The enemy must be destroyed but I must be saved. But love sees things differently. It sees … Continue reading

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Day 13 – Forty Days with Thomas Merton

  Day 13 One of the Shakers’ chief maxims was “Put your hands to work and your hearts to God.” Well, of course, this is normal for us. You work and your heart is lifted up to God while you … Continue reading

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Day 12 – Forty Days with Thomas Merton

  Day 12 Either you look at the universe as a very poor creation out of which no one can make anything, or you look at your own life and your own part in the universe as infinitely rich, full … Continue reading

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Day 11 – Forty Days with Thomas Merton

Day 11 Silence is important even in the life of faith and in our deepest encounter with God. We cannot always be talking, praying in words, cajoling, reasoning, or keeping up a kind of devout background music. Much of our … Continue reading

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