Day 10 – Forty Days with Thomas Merton

Day 10

Do not be too quick to assume your enemy is a savage just because he is your enemy. Perhaps he is your enemy because he thinks you are savage. Or perhaps he is afraid of you because he feels that you are afraid of him. And perhaps if he believed you were capable of loving him he would no longer be your enemy.

Do not be too quick to assume that your enemy is an enemy of God just because he is your enemy. Perhaps he is your enemy precisely because he can find nothing in you that gives glory to God. Perhaps he fears you because he can find nothing in you of God’s love and God’s kindness and God’s patience and mercy and understanding of the weaknesses of men.

— Thomas Merton in Seeds edited by Robert Inchausti

Today: Find some quiet time today to consider your assumptions about an enemy. (If you find enemy too strong a word, substitute difficult person, challenging person, etc.) In one column, write your assumption about that person. In another column, reframe what s/he could be teaching you. If you’d like, send me a copy of your thoughts without your enemy’s name.

+Ed Jansen, OSB

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One Response to Day 10 – Forty Days with Thomas Merton

  1. B BOCK says:

    Mentality of People…. Hypocritical….Todays topic of discussion… No One…but No One is Perfect….Power and Money is the Most of All Evils….It Persuades…Manipulates… Deceives…Falsely Glorifies….Man’s World…The Deception of Doing Good for Others….GOD Deserves All The Glory…For Jesus Was and IS the only Perfect Person…Through HIS Mercy and Understanding of The Weakness of Men….Man Is a Sinner….Easily Blinded by the Power of the Devil….The more Power and Money Given to Man…The Less Faith he has In GOD…sometime so small… they don’t recognize…No Matter How Great The Intentions…Theres Always A Flaw…Because YOUR JUST A MAN….Its EASY to Be Deceived In This World… By MEN OF STATURE…WE Hang On There Thoughts And Views…Because We Would Love to BELIEVE that the Old Stories is as Simple as The Old Times….Just as I’m Voicing My Own Thoughts And Opinions…I Believe GOD is Talking to ME… IF I Let Mans World Consume Me…Then The Devil Wins…and In This Time 2012…EVIL IS ALL AROUND US….Very Few Of Innocence…Even Kids Today are EVIL….The DEVILS POWER Has GROWN ENORMOUSLY…IN The Weak And The Strong…We All Need To Realize The Simplicity Of The 10 Commandments….And OBEY GODS LAW….Through His Grace And Mercy Do We Enter Heaven As We Know From The Word….Its Simple…Yet The DEVIL… Using Political Thoughts… and Views In Churches and Religions… In All Countries Is Destroying The World….MANS WORLD….Religion Is Not My Savior…JESUS IS….2nd Timothy Sticks in My Head….GOD Already Knows…Its Written…and I am By Far Perfect….I Will Never Claim To Be…YOU KNOW ME…BUT I LISTEN TO THE VOICE OF GOD….He Talks to Me….Through The Little Miraculous Things In My LIFE….He Gives Me An Open Mind To Look At The Big Picture….Through All the Suffering I’ve Been Through….He’s Given me Sight Through my Accomplishments and Defiant Ways To Learn a Valuable Lesson….Not All GOOD IS GOOD….Its Hard To Walk The Walk And Talk The Talk Unless You Been There…I Ran 14 Properties…102 Employees…had My Own Service Crew who went with me 24/7….Made more money than I could spent….for 10yrs….Lost all my Family at a Young Age…was Forced to Live Mans Way….I was Homeless For 10yrs going from State to State…Church to Church…Garbage Can to Garbage Can….Hospital to Hospital…Jail to Jail…Drug to Drug…My Normal WAS NOT NORMAL…But through GOD…I am Who I am…A MAN THAT BELIEVES GODS WORD…I didn’t Deserve all the suffering I went through….but in GODS eyes I did….People are not what they seem… and not all Good is what it is perceived to be….MAN IS NOT GOD and MAN CAN’T PROMISE WHAT GOD HAS PLANNED….MANS Thoughts and Opinions with Power and Money Is Not Good…Unless He is Giving From His Heart and His Values are From The Heart…If God is in Your Soul… You Will Work Hard To Do The Right Thing Without Excuses Or Blame…Happiness Is A Choice…and We as Men… Should Exercise That Gift God Gave Us…..BLESSED Is the MAN Who BELIEVES Without Seeing….We as Man.. Have to Believe in Faith.. and Have Patience that God Will Deliver His PROMISE…..I Have No Problem Naming My Enemy….THE DEVIL and All People That Side with the Ways Of The Devil…I’ll Let God Judge Them When That Time Comes…But I Don’t Have to Indulge in Their Opinions of what is Right…Power is Control…Men of Stature No Matter how big Or Small can Control Without Words….Actions Cause Reactions…Justifying Causes Blame…. Manipulation Causes Deceit…EVIL IS LIES….My Experiences Help Me Choose The Right Decisions and My Beliefs….Who Am I… But A Man… A SINNER…Who Lives In The Real World… On The Streets….IN GODS EYES I’M SOMEBODY..I can’t assume anything about anyone…to me thats a form of Judging…and Only GOD Judges….I’m With the Real People Of God….The Ones For GODS Values….Not MANS….LOVE A BROTHER.. AND A SISTER… THE REAL WAY… GODS WAY …HUMBLY…GIVING ALL GLORY TO GOD…AMEN

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