Day 38 – Forty Days with Thomas Merton

Day 38

The world and time are the dance of the Lord in emptiness. The silence of the spheres is the music of a wedding feast.

The more we persist in misunderstanding the phenomena of life, the more we analyze them out into strange finalities and complex purposes of our own, the more we involve ourselves in sadness, absurdity and despair.

But it does not matter much, because no despair of ours can alter the reality of things, or stain the joy of the cosmic dance which is always there. Indeed we are in the midst of it, and it is in the midst of us, for it beats in our very blood, whether we want it to or not.

Yet the fact remains that we are invited to forget ourselves on purpose, cast our awful solemnity to the winds and join in the general dance.


— Thomas Merton in New Seeds of Contemplation quoted in A Book of Hours

Today: What happens to us in life is not as important as how we live in what happens to us in life. Joy can be found in living and responding well to whatever is before us. Consider how you are going to respond to your day. Will you be able to dance in it or become dependent upon what happens?

+Ed Jansen, OSB

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