Day 02 – Forty Days with Thomas Merton

Day 02

Sunrise. Hidden by pines and cedars on the east side of the house. Saw the red flame of it glaring through the cedars not like sunrise but like a forest fire. . . . Now after High Mass the whole valley is glorious with morning, and with the song of birds.

It is essential to experience all the times and moods of this place. No one will know or be able to say how essential. Almost the first and most important element of a truly spiritual life.

— Thomas Merton in When the Trees Say Nothing: Writings on Nature edited by Kathleen Deignan


Today: A significant part of Merton’s spirituality was found within the natural beauty of his world. What place(s) in nature do you find it easy to commune with God? Why do you think you’re drawn to this place? If you’d like, write to me and tell me about your special place.

+Ed Jansen, OSB

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1 Response to Day 02 – Forty Days with Thomas Merton

  1. Barbara says:

    I have always found that being around the water, or on the water has always been a very favorite of mine. I love to watch the water move slowly when lapping at my. It can be very calming and easy to commune with God.

    It is also very exhilarating when the water is fast and the waves are high! When we were on the cruise ship I always wanted to be watching while we were sailing…the contrast of God’s creation of ocean vs river, or creek. But to me it is all easy to see and talk God while at sea.

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