Day 27 – Forty Days with Thomas Merton

Day 27

May 21, 1963
Marvelous vision of the hills at 7:45 A.M. The same hills as always, as in the afternoon, but now catching the light in a totally new way, at once very earthly and very ethereal, with delicate cups of shadow and dark ripples and crinkles where I had never seen them, and the whole slightly veiled in mist so that it seemed to be a tropical shore, a newly discovered continent. A voice in me seemed to be crying, “Look! Look!” For these are the discoveries, and it is for this that I am high on the mast of my ship (have always been) and I know that we are on the right course, for all around is the sea of paradise.

— Thomas Merton in Turning Toward the World: The Journals of Thomas Merton edited by Victor A. Kramer

Today: Sometimes we are “blinded” by the beauty of God’s creation because it becomes common. In South Florida, where I used to live, we have some of the most incredible sunsets. Consider your own blindness of the beauty of God’s creation. Take a moment today, this afternoon, this evening and just stop. Find one thing you can be in awe, one thing that might take your breath away if this were the first time you saw it. And then, give thanks to the One who gave you that awe. What might you experience if this became a daily practice?

+Ed Jansen, OSB

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