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 our harbor if we keep alert. The spiritual life is, then, first of all a matter of keeping awake. We must not lose our sensitivity to spiritual inspirations. We must always be able to respond to the slightest warnings that speak, as though by hidden instinct, in the depth of the soul that is spiritually alive.

— Thomas Merton in Thoughts in Solitude

Today: The writer of Hebrews says that “God is the rewarder of those who diligently him.” The origin of the word “diligent” means to make a constant effort; done or pursued with persevering attention; painstaking.” Consider what it means to be diligently seeking God. What does Merton’s term “keeping awake” look like in your life?

+Ed Jansen, OSB

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2 Responses to Day 17 – Forty Days with Thomas Merton

  1. sue day says:

    I think for me “keeping awake” is always having God by my side and leading me down the right path in life. I know sometimes I have found that if I don’t “pray and talk with God” everyday, well I can really fall and stumble!!!!
    You know………….life is so much easier by having my faith in God and allowing him to hold the “flashlight of life”
    for me to follow ……………..I am so happy!!!!!

  2. Barbara says:

    For me diligently seeking God, means to first always have Him in me or in my heart at all times “seeking” to know what His will is for me as His servant. I can try to seek him through scripture…but I don’t always see where I am to ….go, or what I am do that way. Prayer is always a very good way to seek Him as well, and then somewhere, as my day goes along or the week…I can find His answer to my prayers.

    If we keep with Fr.Merton’s analogy of trying to find the port through the fog, there are lots of ships that do not make themself known in the fog. Either because they are hiding, or because maybe they want to see you miss your port, or maybe they are lost and broke and don’t have a horn to let you know they are there.

    Blessings+

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