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 of inexhaustible interest, opening out into the infinite further possibilities for study and contemplation and praise.

— Thomas Merton in The Intimate Merton: His Life from His Journals edited by Patrick Hart and Jonathan Montaldo

Today: Having a perspective that seeks to find what’s missing in life leaves us with a sense of need, wanting. Having a perspective that seeks to find what’s present in life leaves us with a sense of gratitude, blessing. Today, contemplate the meaning of “Stay in the present with what is present.” Do you think it might empower you to find God’s infinite possibilities?

+Ed Jansen, OSB

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2 Responses to Day 12 – Forty Days with Thomas Merton

  1. Barbara says:

    My cup is half full vs. my cup is half empty…. works very well for me. You look for the good and focus on that. God’s infinite possibilities are what will take away bad and the darkness if you are working on the “half full cup”.


  2. sue day says:

    I hope that I am understanding this the right way…..Live for the day that you are in, don’t think about tomorrow because no one knows what will happen. I know that there are many days my mind will jump ahead of and I can even say that I think about 2 or 3 days ahead. This isn’t really healthy, at least for me……..I try and try to stay focused on the day and what needs to be done for that day only. I feel much better when I can do this…… time practice and prayer really help me with daily tasking…………..

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