Category Archives: Merton

4 Advent Tuesday

What truly matters is not how to get the most out of life, but how to recollect yourself so that you can fully give yourself. ā€” Thomas Merton in Seeds edited by Robert Inchausti Today: When Iā€™m focused on getting … Continue reading

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4 Advent Monday

The truth that many people never understand, until it is too late, is that the more you try to avoid suffering the more you suffer because smaller and more insignificant things begin to torture you in proportion to your fear … Continue reading

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4 Advent Sunday

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 ā€” ascetically and ‘domestically.” But it is the place God has given me after so … Continue reading

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3 Advent Saturday

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 words that … Continue reading

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3 Advent Friday

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 words that … Continue reading

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3 Advent Thursday

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 to be … Continue reading

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3 Advent Wednesday

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. ā€” Thomas Merton in Turning Toward the … Continue reading

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3 Advent Tuesday

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 our harbor … Continue reading

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3 Advent Monday

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 yes to … Continue reading

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3 Advent Sunday

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 that even … Continue reading

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