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Thomas Merton

Thomas Merton, O.C.S.O. (January 31, 1915 – December 10, 1968) was an Anglo-American Catholic writer and mystic.

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God has willed that we should all depend on one another for our salvation, and all strive together for our own mutual good. --Thomas Merton
We enter into possession of God when He (She) invades all our faculties with His (Her) light and His (Her) infinite fire. . - Thomas Merton
Pride makes us artificial, humility makes us real. ~ Thomas Merton
"The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not to twist them to fit our own image." - …
If you do not know your own identity, who is going to identify you?. ~ Thomas Merton
The only unhappiness is not to love God. . — Thomas Merton
On page 63 of 80 of On Christian Contemplation, by Thomas Merton
Without contemplation, the church will be seduced by its own power, and when successful, will idolize its own influence. (Th…
I love Thomas Merton. I think I must re-read him. I think I also need to remember God is ultimate source of compassion - not me!
"Anxiety is the mark of spiritual insecurity."--Thomas Merton
“Compassion is the keen awareness of. the interdependence of all things.” Thomas Merton
"It is love, not reason, that is stronger than death." ~Thomas Merton
433. Every moment and every event of every man’s life on earth plants something in his soul. ~Thomas Merton
"Perhaps I am stronger than I think." - Thomas Merton
When human society fulfills its true function the persons who form it grow in their individual freedom and personal integrity.-Thomas Merton
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Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance and order and rhythm and harmony. . – Thomas Merton
Silence on fire. Quote taken from In Silence, by Thomas Merton.
. . . Otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them." -- Thomas Merton
“Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone, we find it with another.” ― Thomas Merton
“A man knows when he has found his vocation. when he stops thinking about how to live. and begins to live.”. Thomas Mert…
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One cannot be a Christian today without having a deeply afflicted conscience. . Thomas Merton
"Christian hope begins where every other hope stands frozen stiff in the face of the unspeakable." - Thomas Merton
I have just finished an article called "Blessed are the Meek", on Christian non-violence, by Thomas Merton. Boy, do I have a long way to go😳
"The Christian must be dedicated to the total abolition of war and violence." Thomas Merton-"Pilgrims and Prophets of Peace"
Several years ago it dawned on me that most all of my spiritual heroes are unabashedly ecumenical: Father Henri Nouwen, Brother Roger of Taize, Sister Joan Chittister, Father Richard Rohr, Thomas Merton, Parker Palmer, Wendell Berry. If you read their writings, you'll find themes of radical...
Here's some friendship related quotes inspired by a good night out with friends! "The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, not the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when you discover that someone else believes in you and is willing to trust you with a friendship." - Ralph Waldo Emerson "When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares." -Henri J.M. Nouwen "Well, it seems to me that the best relationships - the ones that last - are frequently the ones that are rooted in friendship ...
This is one of my favorite quotes from the Christian contemplative, Thomas Merton. Enjoy your own time of...
"I believe the reason for the inner confusion of Western man is that our technological society has no longer any place in it for wisdom that seeks truth for its own sake, that seeks fullness of being, that seeks to rest in an intuition of the very ground of all being." --THOMAS MERTON, "FAITH AND VIOLENCE"
Sometimes, it is not music you crave,or it is not music that you need, but the silence of your soul/solo/sole self,and the words, thoughts, ideas that will bubble, flow out of such tranquility, that will emerge from that depth, core, root of being... I believe, it was Thomas Merton, who coined the term/thought... 'the ground of being[ness]' and to listen to/othe gentle melodies of nature's sigh singing softly in the back/foreground all surround sound...
Be still. Listen to the stones of the wall. Be silent, they try. To speak your Name. be The unthinkable one . -Thomas Merton
"The biggest human temptation is to settle for too little."" - Thomas Merton
"The world is the unquiet city of those who live for themselves and are therefore divided against one another in a struggle that cannot end, for it will go on eternally in *** it is the city of those who are fighting for possession of limited things and for the monopoly of goods and pleasures that cannot be shared by all." --- Thomas Merton
Take more time, cover less ground. - Thomas Merton
"The true contemplative is one who has discovered the art of finding leisure even in the midst of his work, by working with such a spirit of detachment and recollection that even his work is a prayer". ~Thomas Merton
Besides being no one, . know that I am you . and everybody. Thomas Merton, “Le Secret”. from The Collected Poems of Thomas Merton. (via l...
Hurry ruins saints as well as artists. Thomas Merton
“One of the tests of a true contemplative is his simplicity.” Thomas Merton
“While Christians emphasize Prayer of the Heart, Buddhists speak about one-pointed mind (cittasekagata). Christians and Buddhists both realize that without concentration, without abandoning distracting thoughts, prayer and meditation will not bear fruit. Concentration and devotion bring calm, peace, stability, and comfort to both Buddhists and Christians. If farmers use farming tools to cultivate their land, practitioners use prayer and meditation to cultivate their consciousness. The fruits and flowers of the practice spring forth from the soil of the mind. Buddhists and Christians know that nirvana, or the Kingdom of God, is within their hearts. The Gospels speak of the Kingdom of God as a mustard seed planted in the soil of consciousness. Buddhist sutras speak of Buddha nature as the seed of enlightenment that is already in everyone’s consciousness. The practices of prayer and meditation help us touch the most valuable seeds that are within us, and they put us in contact with the ground of our bein ...
Good Morning! Happy Saturday and Happy Summer and Happy Birthday to Michele! One of the most important--and most neglected elements in the beginnings of the interior life is the ability to respond to reality, to see the value and the beauty in ordinary things, to come alive to the splendor that is all around us in the creatures of God. Thomas Merton
Almighty and merciful God, Father of all, Creator and Ruler of the Universe, Lord of History, whose designs are inscrutable, whose glory is without blemish, whose compassion for the errors of men is inexhaustible, in your will is our peace. Help us to be masters of the weapons that threaten to master us. Help us to use our science for peace and plenty, not for war and destruction. Show us how to use atomic power to bless our children's children, not to blight them. Grant us to seek peace where it is truly found! In your will, O God, is our peace! Thomas Merton
Let us livein this love of happiness, you and I and all of us, in the love of Christ and in contemplation, for this is where we find ourselves and one another as we truly are. It is only in this love that we at last become real. For it is here that we most truly share the life of One God in Three Persons. Thomas Merton
Today’s spiritual thought: "Do not be too quick to condemn the man who no longer believes in God: for it is perhaps your own coldness and avarice and mediocrity and materialism and selfishness that have chilled his faith." - Thomas Merton, as quoted in “Ascend”
Keep your eyes clean and your ears quiet and your mind serene. Breathe God's air. Work, if you can, under His sky. But if you have to live in a city and work among machines and ride in the subways and eat in a place where the radio makes you deaf with spurious news and where food destroys your life and the sentiments of those around you poison your heart wih boredom, do not be impatient,but accept it as the love of God and as a seed of solitude planted in your soul. If you are appauled by those things, you will keep your appetite for the healing silence of recollection. But meanwhile- leep your sense of compassion for the men who have forgottenthe very concept of solitude. You, at least know that it exists, and that it is the source of peace and joy. You can still hope for such joy . They do not even hope for it any more. Thomas Merton
"We must be content to live without watching ourselves live, to work without expecting an immediate reward, to love without an instantaneous satisfaction, and to exist without any special recognition. It is only when we are detached from ourselves that we can be at peace with ourselves." --THOMAS MERTON, "NO MAN IS AN ISLAND"
Eudes has written a book on Merton, "Thomas Merton: Prophet of Renewal"
The question of love is one that can not be evaded. Whether or not you claim to be interested in it, from the moment you are alive you are bound to be concerned with love, because love is not just something that happens to you. It is a certain special way of being alive. Love is, in fact, an intensification of life, a completeness, a fullness, a wholeness of life. -Thomas Merton
Life is this simple.. We are living in a world that is absolutely transparent and the divine is shining through it all the time. This is not just a nice story or a fable, it is true... ~Thomas Merton
My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road, though I may know nothing about it. Therefore I will trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone. The Merton Prayer by Thomas Merton Source: Thoughts in Solitude
We are so obsessed with doing that we have no time and no imagination left for being. ~ Thomas Merton
Falling into the Rhythm of Life Life Lessons Straight from the Horse’s Mouth “It's not how far you fall, but how high you bounce that counts.” ~ Zig Ziglar Did you ever make one decision that would change your life forever? I did. It was on July 11, 2008. I was performing for parents of children who had attended my horseback riding camp, and I made the decision to pay more attention to the crowd than to Malachi, my horse. This is the story of my fall, what I’ve learned through my recovery, and the unwavering strength I have gained from the “great fall” that has made me so “grate-full.” There is one moment in time I will never forget. Falling through the air, I felt light, weightless, and suspended in time. My head slammed off the ground, and the force from the bounce after the first hit sent my body upright. My head, back and hips slammed against the cement-like ground over and over. Every strike was incredibly powerful, and it was as if a lightning bolt sent shocks through my body and roa ...
New book by former Provost of Chelmsford John Moses on Thomas Merton. On order for sale at Bookstall. £20.
The fact remains that we are invited to forget ourselves on purpose, cast our awful solemnity to the wind, and join in the general Dance. -Thomas Merton
Thomas Merton on why so many modern Westerners are miserable: “[T]he more you try to avoid suffering, the more...
"We must slow down to a human tempo and we'll begin to have time to listen." - Thomas Merton
One day I will meet & she will give me music recs, & we will talk about Thomas Merton, Tim Burton, Wall-E, & magic.
Thought For the Day: “It is by the Holy Spirit that we love those who are united to us in Christ. The more plentifully we have received of the Spirit of Christ, the more perfectly we are able to love them: and the more we love them the more we receive the Spirit. It is clear, however, that since we love them by the Spirit Who is given to us by Jesus, it is Jesus Himself Who loves them in us.” ― Thomas Merton, No Man Is an Island
“The whole idea of compassion is based on a keen awareness of the interdependence of all these living beings, which are all part of one another, and all involved in one another.” Thomas Merton.
We are already one. But we imagine that we are not. And what we have to recover is our original unity. What we have to be is what we are. Thomas Merton Giving up doesn't always mean you are weak … sometimes it means that you are strong enough to let go. Promises mean everything, but after they are broken, sorry means nothing. God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference. - The Serenity Prayer (Reinhold Niebuhr)
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The rush and pressure of modern life are a form, perhaps the most common form, of its innate violence. ~Thomas Merton
“We have what we seek. It is there all the time, and if we slow down and be still, it will make itself known to us.” -- Tho…
A saint is not someone who is good, but one who has experienced the goodness of God."~Thomas Merton
GOAL SETTING TO CONTROL LIFE Aim, target, plan, purpose, and ambition are a few words that are used synonymously with the dominant word, “goal”. Having a goal ergo means having an aim to realise, a target to hit, a plan to work towards, a purpose to accomplish and an ambition to strive for. An analysis of average men depicts lives with no specific goals in place. It is only a few among us who have a goal for themselves and spend the days of their lives towards achieving that goal. Further analysis also point to the fact that only such people end up having lived a fulfilling and contented life. For, goals become instrumental in shaping our day to day activities. They define the best use of our time. They fill our hours with a purpose and instil in us that sense of direction that is required to get any substantial returns out of life. Starting out on a journey with no particular destination to arrive at is an analogy for a life with no goals in place. Modern world, with technology at the finger tips, ac ...
"What is meant by a 'True Man'? The true men of old were not afraid When they stood alone in their views. No great exploits. No plans. If they failed, no sorrow. No self-congratulation in success. They scaled cliffs, never dizzy, Plunged in water, never wet, Walked through fire and were not burnt. Thus their knowledge reached all the way To Tao. The true men of old Slept without dreams, Woke without worries. Their food was plain. They breathed deep. True men breathe from their heels. Others breathe with their gullets, Half-strangled. In dispute They heave up arguments Like vomit. Where the fountains of passion Lie deep The heavenly springs Are soon dry. The true men of old Knew no lust for life, No dread of death. Their entrance was without gladness, Their exit, yonder, Without resistance. Easy come, easy go. They did not forget where from, Nor ask where to, Nor drive grimly forward Fighting their way through life. They took life as it came, gladly; Took death as it came, without care; And went away, yond ...
From Mouni Sadhu ‘s Letter to Thomas Merton: ‘When my recent work - "Theurgy" appeared, Osborne & Co. published ', the enclosed review, untruthful in every sentence and Osborne delcared my quotations from Maharshi to be erroneous, quotations which he knows are in the literal form given in Maharshi's teachings. He even used the same quotation on p. 104 of his own compilation - "Ramana Maharshi and the Path of Self-Knowledge" which book, incidentally, is simply a deformed an untruthful version of the original basic book by Narasimha Swamy -" Life and Teachings of Ramana Maharshi". In his book Osborne 'edits' the sayings of the Master as he likes, in order to obtain quite a different sense from the original meaning.’ From Arthur Osborne’s Review of ‘Theurgy’ in the ‘Mountain Path’ Journal : ‘ The writer who calls himself "Mouni Sadhu" paid a brief visit to this Ashram and makes a point of referring to the Maharshi in his books and giving alleged quotations from him. Readers should be warned ...
The imagination should be allowed a certain amount of time to browse around. - Thomas Merton
It was a lucky wind. That blew away his halo with his cares,. A lucky sea that drowned his reputation. ~ Thomas Merton
“"Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy.” . ― Thomas Merton
A conversation overheard made me redouble my effort to apply Thomas Merton's advice:
Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time ~Thomas Merton
Nightcap, buying this book. "Surrender your own poverty and acknowledge your nothingness to the Lord. Whether you understand it or not, God loves you, is present in you, lives in you, dwells in you, calls you, saves you and offers you an understanding and compassion which are like nothing you have ever found in a book or heard in a sermon." The Hidden Ground Of Love: The Letters Of Thomas Merton On Religious Experience And Social Concerns
“You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith and hope.”― Thomas Merton
“If a man is to live, he must be all alive, body, soul, mind, heart, spirit.” Thomas Merton
"There can be an intense egoism in following everybody else. People are in a hurry to magnify themselves by imitating what is popular--and too lazy to think of anything better. Hurry ruins saints as well as artists. They want quick success, and they are in such a haste to get it that they cannot take time to be true to themselves. And when the madness is upon them, they argue that their very haste is a species of integrity." - Thomas Merton, 20th century mystic
Little Giant Ladders
If you find yourself adrift in the greater garden district of Lexington, Kentucky, might I humbly suggest the opening reception for Ralph Eugene Meatyard: Photographing Thomas Merton. Henry Detweiler might even be willing to sell you a copy of the fancy Institute 193 "Volume One" hardcover that's got me and a few other untamed artistes in its pages. Was it just last weekend Harry Dean Stanton was walking around town? Lexington, yer killing it.
“Solitude is a way to defend the spirit against the murderous din of our materialism.” ― Thomas Merton
"When society is made up of men who know no interior solitude it can no longer be held together by love: and consequently it is held together by a violent and abusive authority. But when men are violently deprived of the solitude and freedom which are their due, the society in which they live becomes putrid, it festers with servility, resentment and hate." --THOMAS MERTON, "THOUGHTS IN SOLITUDE"
Preaching God implies silence. If preaching is not born of silence, it is a waste of time. Writing & teaching must be fed by silence or they are a waste of time. - Thomas Merton
Couldn't have said it better than Thomas Merton about the matrimony of my brother Shane Michael Mylius and sister Johonna Jo Cox: "To say that I am made in the image of God is to say that love is the reason for my existence." Honored to be a witness of today!
I'm in the midst of a theological debate/conversation on Reddit that reminded me of a favorite quote that I was first exposed to in The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, so I thought I'd share the quote. "Despair is the ultimate development of a pride so great and so stiff-necked that it selects the absolute misery of a damnation rather than accept happiness from the hands of God and thereby acknowledge that He is above us and that we are not capable of fulfilling our destiny ourselves." - Fr. Thomas Merton (via Sister Glenna - twice)
Good morning sweet fb friends...thought I would share four quotes from a book I am reading this morning for you to ponder and rest in as you go about your day."A quiet morning with a loving God puts the events of the upcoming day into proper perspective."- Janette Oke..."That is God's call to us---simply to be people who are content to live close to Him and renew the kind of life in which His closeness is felt and experienced."--Thomas Merton... "Today is unique. It has never occurred before, and it will never be repeated. At midnight it will end, quietly, suddenly, totally. Forever. But the hours between now and then are opportunities with eternal possibilities." -Charles Swindoll...and lastly a prayer from Pslam 90;34 (NIV) "Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.".Pray you have a blessed day! Love in Christ-cbk...p.s.---replace your name for mine in this verse and silently remind yourself of it throughout the day because the Holy Word is me ...
"You are not big enough to accuse the whole age effectively, but let us say you are in dissent. You are in no position to issue commands, but you can speak words of hope. Shall this be the substance of your message? Be human in this most inhuman of ages; guard the image of man for it is the image of God." ~Thomas Merton
"We look for rest and if we find it, it becomes intolerable. Incapable of the divine activity which alone can satisfy [rest]...fallen man flings himself upon exterior things, not so much for their own sake as for the sake of agitation which keeps his spirit pleasantly numb...[The distraction] diverts us aside from the one thing that can help us to begin our ascent to truth...the sense of our own emptiness." (Thomas Merton) ~ How often do you/we engage in actions that distract us and numb us to our own emptiness? How much of our outward activity is an escape from facing up to what is going on inside of us?
How's your soul today? Try surrendering your circumstances to the Lord as your soul melts in the care of Christ and "Stay soft my friends"! Souls are like wax waiting for a seal. By themselves they have no special identity. Their identity is to be softened and prepared in this life, by God's will, to receive at their death, the seal of their own degree of likeness to God in Christ. And this is what it means, among other things, to be judged by Christ. The wax that has melted in God's will can easily receive the stamp of its identity, the truth of what it was meant to be. But the wax that is hard and dry and brittle and without love will not take the seal, for the hard seal sending upon it, grinds it to powder. Therefore if you spend your life trying to escape from the heat of the fire that is meant to soften and prepare you to become your true self, and if you try to keep your substance from melting in the fire as if your true identity were to be hard wax, the seal will fall upon you at last and crush you ...
Off to another inspiring day at the Thomas Merton Conference
25 Books Every Christian Should Read 1. On the Incarnation by St. Athanasius 2. Confessions by St. Augustine 3. The Sayings of the Desert Fathers 4. The Rule of St. Benedict by St. Benedict 5. The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri 6. The Cloud of Unknowing by Anonymous 7. Revelations of Divine Love (Showings) by Julian of Norwich 8. The Imitation of Christ by Thomas à Kempis 9. The Philokalia 10. Institutes of the Christian Religion by John Calvin 11. The Interior Castle by St. Teresa of Avila 12. Dark Night of the Soul by St. John of the Cross 13. Pensées by Blaise Pascal 14. The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan 15. The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence 16. A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life by William Law (download this chapter from 25 Books) 17. The Way of a Pilgrim by Unknown Author 18. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky 19. Orthodoxy by G. K. Chesterton 20. The Poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins 21. The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer 2 ...
"If you see a young monk by his own will climbing up into heaven, take him by the foot and throw him to the ground, because what he is doing is not good for him." ~ Thomas Merton
What can we gain by sailing to the moon if we are not able to cross the abyss that separates us from ourselves? This is the most important of all voyages of discovery, and without it, all the rest are not only useless, but disastrous. --- Thomas Merton Madcap Mario's Musings
“To be unknown to God is entirely too much privacy.” . ― Thomas Merton
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At the end of his trial for crimes against humanity, Adolf Eichmann, Hitler's man in charge of the 'Final Solution', was judged sane, found guilty, and sentenced to death. The monk Thomas Merton wrote that if Eichmann was sane, then he, Merton, must be insane. What is sanity in term of faith and spirituality? Frederick Buechner wrote: "If the world is sane, then Jesus is mad as a hatter and the Last Supper is the Mad Tea Party. The world says, 'Mind your own business', and Jesus says, 'There is no such thing as your own business'. The world says, 'Follow the wisest course and be a success', and Jesus says, 'Follow me and be crucified'. "The world says, 'Drive carefully -- the life you save may be your own', and Jesus says, 'Whoever would save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it'. The world says, 'Law and order', and Jesus says, 'Love'. "The world says, 'Get', and Jesus says, 'Give'. "In terms of the world's sanity, Jesus is crazy as a coot; and anybody who thinks he ...
Henry Corbin came at me from so many directions. As a contemplative, he just came up everywhere. Thomas Merton initially led me to him. I had drifted out of the Shunryu Suzuki Zen scene of the 60s and 70s and back toward a grounding in contemplative prayer from the Catholicism of my childhood. St Teresa of Avila and St John of the Cross were and are constant companions. But Corbin's name kept coming up. But after a powerful encounter in Berkeley in 1987 I found him from another direction. It was back in the late eighties, the Winter of '87. I was working as a teacher at Berkeley High, and was very burned out and running on empty (as Jackson Browne would say), having recently taken a gun from a student, and I was pondering whether I even wanted to be a teacher anymore. It was a late Winter afternoon, red sun setting in a welter of clouds over the Golden Gate. I'd been buying my dinner groceries at the Berkeley Cheese Board and at a little chicken shop there, and vegetables at that great produce market on t ...
There is a certain innocence in not having a solution. -- Thomas Merton
Am I the only one that finds it mildly ironic that Thomas Merton Square, named for the famed spiritualist monk, is the site of 4th Street Live?
Our idea of God tells us more about ourselves than about Him. Thomas Merton
The Thomas Merton Society Discussion Group meets May 10, 2014 at 2:00pm at St Anselm's Abbey. We are reading pages 142-190 in The Asian Journal. All are welcome to join us. We will also talk about the Spring Lecture held last month. We had a good audience, and Abbot James gave us an both overview of Buddhism and his insights on Merton and Buddhism. Questions or directions tmsociety
Thursday's Poem - Cutting Up an Ox by Zhuangzi (translated by Thomas Merton) Prince Wen Hui's cook Was cutting up an ox. Out went a hand, Down went a shoulder, He planted a foot, He pressed with a knee The ox fell apart With a whisper, The bright cleaver murmured Like a gentle wind. Rhythm! Timing! Like a sacred dance, Like "The Mulberry Grove" Like ancient harmonies! "Good work!" the Prince exclaimed, "Your method is faultless!" "Method?" said the cook Laying aside his cleaver, "What I follow is Tao Beyond all methods! "When I first began To cut up oxen I would see before me The whole ox All in one mass. "After three years I no longer saw this mass. I saw the distinctions. "But now, I see nothing With the eye. My whole being Apprehends. My senses are idle. The spirit Free to work without plan Follows its own instinct Guided by natural line, By the secret opening, The hidden space, My cleaver finds its own way. I cut through no joint, chop no bone. "A great cook needs a new chopper Once a year - he cuts. ...
The Scriptures are one of the Church's greatest sacramentals. — Thomas Merton
If you want to have a spiritual life you must unify your life. A life is either all spiritual or not spiritual at all. ~ Thomas Merton.
“Reason is in fact the path to faith, and faith takes over when reason can say no more.” . ― Thomas Merton
Tribeca London films consider making a movie on best selling author and American Trappist Monk, Thomas Merton.
The more you try to avoid suffering, the more you suffer.Thomas Merton
Your life is shaped by the end you live for. ―Fr Thomas Merton
"It’s a risky thing to pray, and the danger is that our very prayers get between God and us. The great thing in prayer is not to pray, but to go directly to God. If saying your prayers is an obstacle to prayer, cut it out. The best way to pray is: stop. Let prayer pray within you, whether you know it or not. This means a deep awareness of our true inner identity. It implies a life of faith, but also of doubt. You can’t have faith without doubt. Give up the business of suppressing doubt. Doubt and faith are two sides of the same thing. Faith will grow out of doubt, the real doubt. We don’t pray right because we evade doubt." --Thomas Merton
"There is not a flower that opens, not a seed that falls into the ground, and not an ear of wheat that nods on the end of its stalk in the wind that does not preach and proclaim the greatness and the mercy of God to the whole world." Thomas Merton
supports the naming of the downtown Louisville Bridge the Thomas Merton Peace Bridge
"All men who live only according to their five senses, and seek nothing beyond the gratification of their natural appetites for pleasure and reputation and power, cut themselves off from that charity which is the principle of all spiritual vitality and happiness because it alone saves us from the barren wilderness of our own abominable selfishness"--Thomas Merton Not to mention this gratification leads to environmental decimation.
"First we practice sin, then defend it, then boast of it" (Thomas Merton). It would be better to first repent of sin, turn our backs on it, and never go back to it.
*** Sisto Quartet performs music from Soul Searching: The Journey of Thomas Merton, May 18 at 7, Clifton Center:
"Who am I? My deepest realization of who I am is that I am one loved by Christ.". (Thomas Merton)
God's Gifts To be grateful is to recognize the Love of God in everything He has given us~and He has given us everything. Every breath we draw is a gift of His love, every moment of existence is a gift of grace. ~Thomas Merton
Our Christian destiny is a great one: but we cannot achieve greatness unless we lose all interest in being great. -- Thomas Merton
If you want to study the social and political history of modern nations, study *** Thomas Merton
“The ever-changing reality in the midst of which we live should awaken us to the possibility of an uninterrupted dialogue with God. By this I do not mean continuous “talk,” or a frivolously conversational form of affective prayer which is sometimes cultivated in convents, but a dialogue of love and of choice. A dialogue of deep wills.” ― Thomas Merton
Do not depend on the hope of results. Thomas Merton, full quote:
Our being is silent, but our existence is noisy. Thomas Merton
Thomas Drake on how blowing the whistle is even harder now.
"Meditation is one of the ways in which the spiritual person keep themselves awake." . ~ Thomas Merton
Today musing : "The individual person is responsible for living his own life and for 'finding himself.' If he persists in shifting his responsibility to somebody else, he fails to find out the meaning of his own existence". 'Secara individu seseorang bertanggung jawab dalam menjalani hidupnya sendiri dan 'menemukan dirinya. "Jika ia tetap menngubah tanggung jawabnya kepada orang lain, ia gagal untuk mengetahui makna keberadaannya sendiri'. ~ Thomas Merton ~
“The only way to make a man worthy of love is by loving him.” - Thomas Merton
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"There is in all things an inexhaustible sweetness and purity, a silence that is a fountain of action and joy. It rises up in wordless gentleness and flows out to me from unseen roots of all created being." - Thomas Merton
“We are not meant to resolve all contradictions but to live with them and rise above them and see them in the light of exterior and objective values which make them seem trivial by comparison.” - Thomas Merton
We stumble and fall constantly even when we are most enlightened. But when we are in true spiritual darkness, we do not even know that we have fallen. 'Thomas Merton'
"There is a sign of God on every leaf that nobody sees in the garden. The fruit trees are there on purpose, even when no one is looking." - Thomas Merton
"Human Nature has a way of making very specious arguments to suit its own cowardice and lack of generosity." --- from The Seven Storey Mountain by Thomas Merton
A selfish love withers and dies unless it is sustained by the attention of the beloved. When we love thus, our friends exist only in order that we may love them. In loving them we seek to make pets of them, to keep them tame. Such love fears. Nothing more than the escape of the beloved. No Man is an Island by Thomas Merton
Then it was as if I suddenly saw the secret beauty of their hearts, the depths of their hearts where neither sin nor desire nor self-knowledge can reach, the core of their reality, the person that each one is in the eyes of the Divine. If only they could all see themselves as they really are. If only we could see each other that way all the time. There would be no more war, no more hatred, no more cruelty, no more greed. … I suppose the big problem would be that we would fall down and worship each other. —Thomas Merton
We cannot be happy if we expect to live all the time at the highest peak of intensity. Thomas Merton
The logic of worldly success rests on a fallacy: the strange error that our perfection depends on the thoughts and opinions and applause of other men! A weird life it is, indeed, to be living always in somebody else's imagination, as if that were the only place in which one could at last become real! ~Thomas Merton
Following YUM Brands recent social media campaign to name the new downtown bridge between Louisville and Southern Indiana for KFC founder Col. Harland Sanders, Bellarmine University is promoting the idea that it be named for Trappist monk and author Thomas Merton.
“For each one of us, there is only one thing necessary: to fulfill our own destiny, according to God's will, to be what God wants us to be.” ― Thomas Merton
~A Person Whom Follows the Tao (Way): The man [or woman] in whom Tao Acts without impediment Does not bother with his own interests And does not despise others who do. He does not struggle to make money And does not make a virtue of poverty. He goes his way without relying on others And does not pride himself on walking alone. While he does not follow the crowd He won't complain of those who do. Rank and reward make no appeal to him; Disgrace and shame do not deter him. He is not always looking for right and wrong Always deciding "Yes" or "No." -Thomas Merton "The Way of Chuang Tzu"
"If we love God and love others in Him, we will be glad to let suffering destroy anything in us that God is pleased to let it destroy, because we know that all it destroys is unimportant. We will prefer to let the accidental trash of life be consumed by suffering in order that His glory may come out clean in everything we do." --Thomas Merton
Not all of us are called to be hermits, but all of us need enough silence and solitude in our lives to enable the deeper voice of our own self to be heard at least occasionally. -- Thomas Merton
Our job is to LOVE others without stopping to inquire if they are worthy. Thomas Merton
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"Yet it is in this loneliness that the deepest activities begin. It is here that you discover act without motion, labor that is profound repose, vision in obscurity, and, beyond all desire, a fulfillment whose limits extend to infinity." - Thomas Merton
Thomas Merton says the most pervasive form of violence in the modern world is busyness … not drugs, not guns, but busyness. From conversations journal on the sabbath
'One might compare the journey of the soul to mystical union, by way of pure faith, to the journey of a car on a dark highway. The only way the driver can keep to the road is by using his headlights. So in the mystical life, reason has its function'. Thomas Merton.
“'Violence is not completely fatal until it ceases to disturb us.' Thomas Merton, Thoughts in solitude"
We don’t teach meditation to the young monks. They are not ready for it until they stop slamming doors. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh to Thomas Merton in 1966
“It is almost impossible to overestimate the value of true humility and its power in the spiritual life. For the beginning of humility is the beginning of blessedness and the consummation of humility is the perfection of all joy. Humility contains in itself the answer to all the great problems of the life of the soul. It is the only key to faith, with which the spiritual life begins: for faith and humility are inseparable. In perfect humility all selfishness disappears and your soul no longer lives for itself or in itself for God: and it is lost and submerged in Him and transformed into Him.” - from “New Seeds of Contemplation” - Thomas Merton
Be good, keep your feet dry, your eyes open, your heart at peace and your soul in the joy of Christ. ~ Thomas Merton
I can't even go there! Seeing Cardinal Sean in the desert I thought he was auditioning for a film about Thomas Merton!
"The purpose of Lent is not only expiation, to satisfy the divine justice, but above all a preparation to rejoice in His love. And this preparation consists in receiving the gift of His mercy–a gift which we receive insofar as we open our hearts to it, casting out what cannot remain in the same room with mercy. Now one of the things we must cast out first of all is fear. Fear narrows the little entrance to our heart. It shrinks up our capacity to love. It freezes up our power to give ourselves. If we were terrified of God as an inexorable judge, we would not confidently await His mercy, or approach Him trustfully in prayer. Our peace and our joy in Lent are a guarantee of grace." Thomas Merton, O.C.S.O. (January 31, 1915 – December 10, 1968), Trappist Monk, Abbey of Our Lady of Gethsemani
Very excited about upcoming continuing education at Mepkin Abbey for contemplative lectures on April 2. - Lecture 1: "Dreamwork" as a path for spiritual guidance, as illustrated from St. Jerome, St. Theresa of Lisieux, Dag Hammerskjold, Thomas Merton, Carl Jung and Victor Frankl - Lecture 2: Meister Eckhart in historical context from medieval period, Hildegard of Bingen, Dante, Thomas Aquinas and Jalai ad-Din Rumi. Eckhart in contemporary context: transpersonal psychology, contemplative Christianity, and the transcendental unity
My latest Pastor's Corner article: Great Justice Starts in the Hearts of a Few (thinking through Thomas Merton)
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"I walk from region to region of my soul and I discover that I am a bombed city" - Thomas Merton
The Ego Self Wednesday, March 12, 2014 It was Thomas Merton, the Cistercian monk, who first suggested the use of the term False Self. He did this to clarify for many Christians the meaning of Jesus’ central and oft-repeated teaching that we must die to ourselves, or “lose ourselves to find ourselves” (Mark 8:35). What is the self that must die and what is the self that should live must be clarified, or we invariably aim at the wrong target. This quote has caused much havoc and pushback in Christian history because it sounds negative and ascetical, and it was usually interpreted as an appeal to punish, deny, or reject the material world and physical self. But its total intent is personal liberation, not self-punishment. Centuries of Christians falsely assumed that if they could “die” to their body, their spirit would, for some reason, miraculously arise. I assure you, this is a waste of time. And in fact, Jesus is criticized precisely because he was not ascetical (Luke 5:33), exactly as the Buddh ...
In your status, list ten books that have stayed with you, not necessarily great books, but books that resonated, then tag ten friends. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas; Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander (Thomas Merton); Pilgrim at Tinker Creek (Annie Dillard); The Brothers K (David James Duncan); Nobody's Fool (Richard Russo); The Autobiography of Malcolm X; The Grapes of Wrath; Under the Volcano; The Man who Fell in Love with the Moon (Thomas Spanbauer).
"If you want to identify me, ask me not where I live, or what I like to eat, or how I comb my hair, but ask me what I think I am living for...in detail. Ask me what I think is keeping me from living fully for the thing I want to live for. Between these two answers you can determine the identity of any person." -Thomas Merton
"There remains always the hope that man will finally, after many mistakes and even disasters, learn to disarm and to make peace, recognizing that he must live at peace with his brother." --THOMAS MERTON
Thomas Merton on religion, the "opium of the masses," and nationalism: "Of course it is true that religion on a superficial level, religion that is untrue to itself and to God, easily comes to serve as the “opium of the people.” And this takes place whenever religion and prayer invoke the name of God for reasons and ends that have nothing to do with him. When religion becomes a mere artificial facade to justify a social or economic system—when religion hands over its rites and language completely to the political propagandist, and when prayer becomes the vehicle for a purely secular ideological program, then religion does tend to become an opiate. It deadens the spirit. . . This brings about the alienation of the believer so that his religious zeal becomes political fanaticism. His faith in God, while preserving its traditional formulas, becomes in fact faith in his own nation, class or race. His ethic ceases to be the law of God and of love, and becomes the law that might-makes-right: established p ...
Preetamdas Kirtana quotes from Thomas Merton: "Into this world, this demented inn, in which there is absolutely no room for him at all, Christ has come uninvited. But because he cannot be at home in it, because he is out of place in it, and yet he must be in it, his place is with those others for whom there is no room. His place is with those who do not belong, who are rejected by power because they are regarded as weak, those who are discredited, who are denied the status of persons, tortured, excommunicated. With those for whom there is no room, Christ is present in this world." Thomas Merton (from Raids on the Unspeakable)
"If we are going to love others at all, we must make up our minds to love them well. Otherwise our love is a delusion." --THOMAS MERTON, "NO MAN IS AN ISLAND"
The use of the word "God" in the missionary Thomas Merton's "The Way of Chuang Tzu" is a horribly misleading and...
Pride is an exorbitant demand that others believe the lie about ourselves that we have made ourselves believe. - Thomas Merton
I'm meeting an old high school buddy today who will hand over his entire Thomas Merton collection to me. Sweet.
One Day At A Time In Al-Anon ~ February 27 Eventually, if I listen attentively enough at meetings, and read my Al-anon literature with real concentration, I will absorb the new point of view I need. When I ask: "Why does he drink when he knows it damages him and his family?" I really mean: "How can he *justify* what he is doing?", implying a condemnation I have no right to make. Al-anon teaches me that the drinker knows no more about his compulsion than I do. I know he suffers from it, too. I will not waste time and energy trying to "figure out the alcoholic." I will concentrate on figuring out why I do what I do. Today's Reminder: Trying to analyze why another person persists in destructive behavior cannot help me out of my own difficulties. I can overcome them only by turning my thoughts inward, to face my own mistakes and to learn to improve myself. The alcoholic is not my problem. My problem is *me*. "Although all men have a common destiny, each individual also has to work out his personal salvation f ...
[via Abba Anthony Curley] "It is in deep solitude that I find the gentleness with which I can truly love my brothers. Solitude and silence teach me to love my brothers for what they are, not for what they say." -Thomas Merton
practice for Friday, February 28: the Eye of Wisdom “There is no way of telling people that they are all walking around shining like the sun.” -Thomas Merton Today’s practice focuses on opening the “Third Eye” or the Eye of Wisdom. The space… [ 332 more words. ]
To consider persons, events & situations only in the light of their effect upon myself is to live on the doorstep of *** | Thomas Merton
SNOW SPECIAL!* In honor of today's snowfall and to cheer you up on this late February day, I'm taking a chunk off the price of either of my online Lenten retreats ($110 instead of $150) if you register before 9:00 a.m. tomorrow, Feb. 28, *in whatever time zone you are* (the time stamp on your registration e-mail will tell me). THOMAS MERTON, COMPANION ON THE WAY or DESERT JOURNEY, DAILY BREAD: FOOD AND FASTING IN LENT: Which would you prefer? Both retreats begin on Ash Wednesday, March 5. The blog post here has links to full descriptions of both retreats and registration information. * Last year called the Snowstorm Special, but this isn't really a storm, just a little dusting.
Love is our destiny. We don't find the meaning of life alone. We find it with another - thomas merton..
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Our thoughts are quieter than rivers, Our loves are simpler than the trees, Our prayers deeper than the sea." ~Thomas Merton
"We discover our true selves in love.” . ― Thomas Merton
Desire is blind. It judges things only in relation to ourselves. Thomas Merton
There is only one problem on which all my existence, my peace and my happiness depend:...to discover myself in discovering God. - Thomas Merton
The following prayer was first offered by Thomas Merton at the close of the first Spiritual Summit Conference in Calcutta in 1968. We offered it as a closing and fitting prayer for out time together last evening at GS. "Oh God, we are one with You. You have made us one with You. You have taught us that if we are open to one another, You dwell in us. Help us to preserve this openness and to fight for it with all our hearts. Help us to realize that there can be no understanding where there is mutual rejection. Oh God, in accepting one another wholeheartedly, fully, completely, we accept You, and we thank You, and we adore You, and we love You with our whole being, because our being is in Your being, our spirit is rooted in Your spirit. Fill us then with love, and let us be bound together with love as we go our diverse ways, united in this one spirit which makes You present in the world, and which makes You witness to the ultimate reality that is love. Love has overcome. Love is victorious. Amen."
In the progress toward religious understanding, one does not go from answer to answer but from question to question. . Thoma…
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Thomas Merton: “Contemplation is nothing else but the perfection of love.”
"Without love and compassion for others, our own apparent "love" for Christ is a fiction." - Thomas Merton
But the man who is not afraid to admit everything that he sees to be wrong with himself, and yet recognizes that he may be the object of God's love precisely because of his shortcomings, can begin to be sincere. His sincerity is based on confidence, not in his own illusions about himself, but in the endless, unfailing mercy of God. ~Thomas Merton
A quote from Thomas Merton on the deliciousness of RAIN . . . I came up here from the monastery last night, sloshing through the cornfield, said Vespers, and put some oatmeal on the Coleman stove for supper. It boiled over while I was listening to the rain and toasting a piece of bread at the log fire. The night became very dark. The rain surrounded the whole cabin with its enormous virginal myth, a whole world of meaning, of secrecy, of silence, of rumor. Think of it: all that speech pouring down, selling nothing, judging nobody, drenching the thick mulch of dead leaves, soaking the trees, filling the gullies and crannies of the wood with water, washing out the places where men have stripped the hillside! What a thing it is to sit absolutely alone, in the forest, at night, cherished by this wonderful, unintelligible, perfectly innocent speech, the most comforting speech in the world, the talk that rain makes by itself all over the ridges, and the talk of the watercourses everywhere in the hollows! Nobody ...
Beautiful passionate heartfelt words for our beloved rain. "From “Rain and the Rhinoceros” in Raids on The Unspeakable, by Thomas Merton: "Let me say this before rain becomes a utility that they can plan and distribute for money. By 'they' I mean the people who cannot understand that rain is a festival, who do not appreciate its gratuity, who think that what has no price has no value, that what cannot be sold is not real, so that the only way to make something actual is to place it on the market. The time will come when they will sell you even your rain. At the moment it is still free, and I am in it. I celebrate its gratuity and its meaninglessness. The rain I am in is not like the rain of cities. It fills the wood with an immense and confused sound. It covers the flat roof of the cabin and its porch with insistent and controlled rhythms. And I listen, because it reminds me again and again that the whole world runs by rhythms I have not yet learned to recognize, rhythms that are not those of the engi ...
We do not escape⁰people in order to have nothing more to do with them, but to find the way. to do them the most good. Thomas Merton-
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Thomas Merton once wrote: "All the good you will do will come not from you but from the fact that you have allowed yourself, in the obedience of faith, to be used by God's love. Think of this more and gradually you will be free from the need to prove yourself and you can be more open to the power that will work through you without you knowing it."
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"We must make the choices that enable us to fulfill the deepest capacities of our real selves." Thomas Merton I've loved spending time in the past at the Abbey of Gethsemane in the rolling hills of Kentucky. It's a peaceful place that inspires me to just be me; to write. Thomas Merton lived there and is buried there. I hope you can be as much of you as you were created to be today, friends. ~MK
It is in the ordinary duties & labors of life that the Christian can & should develop his spiritual union with God.-Thomas Merton
“I can only become perfectly free by serving the will of God.”. - Thomas Merton
"Faith...is not a feeling that God exists." Thomas Merton in a letter in reference to his friend Ad Reinhardt:
“Action is the stream, and contemplation is the spring.” . -Thomas Merton
Do not be afraid, Mary. Part III - 'The Third Storey' Ten years later began the 'Third Storey' of this woman's amazing journey. She returned to Longford for a summer holiday. The Holy Spirit is always acting in surprising, sometimes almost mischievous ways. Mary saw an advertisement in the Longford Leader for a business and family home that was for sale in the village of Killashee. Ever impulsive and a free spirit, Mary went into Longford and came home with a Grocery Business and all the busy community life that went with it in an Irish country village in the 1960's. And so began the 'Third Storey' of this remarkable journey under the shadow of Ardagh Mountain. One day a handsome young man, recently returned from serving for several years with the Royal Air Force in Egypt and Cyprus, came as an ice-cream salesman into Mary's shop. Six months later, Mary Curran was to become Mary Slamon the wife of Sidney Slamon. From that marriage came the great blessings of her life: Eileen, Gerry, Kevin, Rosemarie, Patr ...
"The biggest human temptation," reminds Thomas Merton, "is to settle for too little." Refuse to be controlled by who and what you used to be. What do you want to worry less about and relax more??
As long as I am content to know that He is infinitely greater than I, and that I cannot know Him unless He shows Himself to me, I will have Peace, and He will be near me and in me, and I will rest in Him. Author: Thomas Merton
Let's start a rebellion and embrace silence, peace, and simplicity. We live in a society whose whole policy is to excite every nerve in the human body and keep it at the highest pitch of artificial tension, to strain every human desire to the limit and create as many new desires and synthetic passions as possible. ~ Thomas Merton
In the end, it is the reality of personal relationship that saves everything. ― Thomas Merton
"Courage comes and goes. Hold on for the next supply." -Thomas Merton
It is as if in creating us God asked a question, and in awakening us to contemplation He answered the question, so that the contemplative is at the same time, question and answer. ~ Thomas Merton
Still in India I had the opportunity to do a photo session with a fantastic woman; mother, wife and a professional in a transition where yoga had a core role in her life. Through the session I experienced her balance, harmony and rhythm, understanding that these aspects where the foundation of her happiness. Definitely I do agree with Thomas Merton that happiness is not a matter of intensity... Get in balance!!!
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Meditation "By reading the scriptures I am so renewed that all nature seems renewed around me and with me. The sky seems to be a pure, a cooler blue, the trees a deeper green. The whole world is charged with the glory of God and I feel fire and music under my feet." ~Thomas Merton, 20th century
Schola Cantorum will perform the 3rd performance of the 50th season of Schola. Please, come and join us. I will sing a part of the song as a small group solo, too. Saturday, March 15, 2014 – 7:30pm Los Altos United Methodist Church Doors open at 7:00pm Buy Tickets Sunday, March 16, 2014 – 3:00pm First Congregational Church of Palo Alto Doors open at 2:30pm Experience the luminescent works of two esteemed contemporary composers: John Rutter and Frank Ferko. The joyful and sensitive Magnificat, by British composer John Rutter, features chamber orchestra and draws on Gregorian plainsong to evoke evening vespers. Then, witness the world premiere of a new commissioned work by composer Frank Ferko, acclaimed by the American Record Guide as “one of America's ... truly great choral composers.” How Long We Wait, with oboe obbligato, is masterfully set to a contemplative poem by Trappist monk, Thomas Merton. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. FREE for guests aged 25 and under.
Thomas Merton was born 99 years ago today - one of my favorite authors and greatest inspirations. While his work isn't typically considered part of the "Beat Generation" writers, and considering the man spent 25 years in a Trappist monastery, I think he may have been one of the most subversive authors of his generation. ;-D
I grew up 15 miles from the home in Bardstown, Kentucky, known as MY OLD KENTUCKY HOME, where Stephen Foster stayed when he wrote the song by that name.  My cousins dressed in period costume to host tours and reenactments in that home when they were in high school.  And I felt blessed that Abraham Lincoln's log cabin birth place was about 15 miles in another direction.  And the monk-author, Thomas Merton, was living in seclusion and silence in Gethsemane Seminary, 15 miles in yet another direction!  Whenever my grandparents took me to the seminary, where the monks lived under a vow of silence, to buy the cheese the monks made, I felt I could actually hear the monks praying in meditation.  It sounded like the humming of bees.  As i grew up, I always felt i was in the middle of a special, spiritual triangle in the very middle of the United States. As a youngman in my twenties, I took a pilgrimage to India, to the ashram home of my Spiritual Master, Avatar Meher Baba, to visit His remaining, living dis ...
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Dear friends: I just came upon this video, whose existence I had heard of but which I could never find. I had seen only short clips of it here and there, mainly in documentaries. Believe it or not, it's the final few minutes of Thomas Merton's final talk, given to a meeting of men and women of various religious orders in Bangkok, Thailand, in 1968. The talk, from all accounts, went over like a lead balloon--Merton may have been speaking too academically for his listeners. After this talk, and after saying, "So I will disappear from view...and we can all have a Coke," Merton goes into his bedroom, takes a shower, comes out of the shower, slips, grabs and electric fan with faulty wiring, is electrocuted and dies. For those who have never heard Merton speak, it provides a window into this brilliant, lively, prophetic mind. May he rest in peace.
One stop at the Archdiocesan March for Life this evening was in front of the Thomas Merton plaque near 4th Street...
so I am reading "The Way of Chuang-Tzŭ" by Thomas Merton. The guy is a mystic and all, and I'm mystified truly. I will say though, that after reading it for about 30 minutes last night, while in bed, my eyes closed somewhere within a paragraph, which most sentences had been blurred for at least 15 minutes by then anyway, and I fell asleep. It was the first night I've slept through until the alarm went off in at least a year or more. Great reading. I will give it another round tonight.
Best lesson on how to pray from Thomas Merton:"You learn to pray by praying." Not a book , not a seminar, & not a sermon. just start praying
...pride is the stubborn insistence on being what we are not and never intended to be.". -THOMAS MERTON
Perhaps there is nothing left to figure out after all . Perhaps we only need to wake up - Thomas Merton
"I don't have to run from myself; it's sufficient I find myself not as I have made myself by my stupidity but as He made me." -Thomas Merton
For every gain in deep certitude there is a corresponding growth of superficial "doubt." -- Thomas Merton
"No man who ignores the rights and needs of others can hope to walk in the light of contemplation." ~Thomas Merton
What a lie and what a crazy deception that is — to be self-reliant is to be strong and smart. Thomas Merton
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"Pride makes us artificial and humility makes us real." - Thomas Merton
Thomas Merton, trees, and contributing a verse...tonight at Watershed...6:30 p.m.
A happiness that is sought for ourselves alone can never be found: for a happiness that is diminished by being shared is not big enough to make us happy. There is a false and momentary happiness in self-satisfaction, but it always leads to sorrow because it narrows and deadens our spirit. True happiness is found in unselfish love, a love which increases in proportion as it is shared. There is no end to sharing of love, and, therefore, the potential happiness of such love is without limit. (Thomas Merton, 1915 – 1968)
Walk across the snow and there is your path. -Thomas Merton
A Pilgrim Speaks: Quotes from Annie Dillard at Tinker Creek – Part I of III “Thomas Merton wrote, ‘there is always a temptation to diddle around in the contemplative life, making itsy-bitsy statues.’ There is always an enormous temptation in all of life to diddle around making itsy-bitsy friends and meals and journeys for itsy-bitsy years on end. It is so self-conscious, so apparently moral, simply to step aside from the gaps where the creeks and winds pour down, saying, I never merited this grace, quite rightly, and then to sulk along the rest of your days on the edge of rage. I won’t have it. The world is wilder than that in all directions, more dangerous and bitter, more extravagant and bright. We are making hay when we should be making whoopee; we are raising tomatoes when we should be raising Cain, or Lazarus. Go up into the gaps. If you can find them; they shift and vanish too. Stalk the gaps. Squeak into a gap in the soil, turn, and unlock-more than a maple- a universe. This is how you s ...
Thank you Sylvia Nilsen for this quote from Thomas Merton in Mystics and Zen Masters: "Our task now is to learn that if we can voyage to the ends of the earth and there find ourselves in the aborigine who most differs from ourselves, we will have made a fruitful pilgrimage. That is why pilgrimage is necessary, in some shape or other. Mere sitting at home and meditating on the divine presence is not enough for our time. We have to come to the end of a long journey and see that the stranger we meet there is no other than ourselves - which is the same as saying that we find Christ in him.”
"We make ourselves real by telling the truth." ~ Thomas Merton. Thank you, Kay Bess! Thanks Josh Daugherty
Pax Christi Metro New York invites you to its annual Retreat February 28-March 2, 2014 St. Joseph’s Renewal Center, Brentwood, Long Island Pax Christi / Pax Terra Thomas Merton and Thomas Berry in Dialogue on Making Peace with Earth Animator: Kathleen Deignan, CND Merton and Berry - two of the most remarkable Christian voices of our time - and all time - come together in an intensive conversation animated my Kathleen Deignan, CND. As prophets and culture critics both masters announced the perils and crises of our moment. As visionaries and poets both saw the new frontiers of human spiritual evolution, languaged them into clarity, and charted revelatory maps to guide us forward from our wasteland worlds into regions of greater vitality, depth and solidarity with all life. As midwives of the new creation, both labored in the Great Work of our time: to birth the new human person at peace with the Living Earth. Kathleen Deignan, CND is Professor of Religious Studies and Director of the Iona Spirituality I . ...
MONASTERY OF THE MIND | Thomas Merton "Contemplation is not a kind of magic or easy shortcut to happiness and perfection. And yet, since it does bring one in touch with God in an I-Thou relationship of mysteriously experienced friendship, it necessarily brings that peace which Christ promised, and which “the world cannot give.” There may be much desolation and suffering in the spirit of the contemplative, but there is always more joy than sorrow; more security than doubt; more peace than desolation." - Thomas Merton (Trappist monk, 1915 CE)
Love winter when the plant says nothing.- Thomas Merton
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When Dawn Comes Hosea 6.3 NRSV Let us know, let us press on to know God; God's appearing is as sure as the dawn; God will come to us like the showers, like the spring rains that water the earth. When Dawn Comes The coming of the Lord is the coming of the new, not the renewal of the old. –Thomas Merton I wonder what I am doing here at this particular point in time living in this particular place. What do I do now? What is my purpose right now? Where should I go next? What does the future hold for me? Which of the voices that I hear belong to God? I wonder if others reach a point, whether it be in the spring, summer, autumn or winter of their years when they feel isolated from God – as if they have missed out on something or failed to get the point of what God wanted them to be and do. I pray for God to come to me like the dawn and refresh me with spring rains. And then I ask myself another question: Doesn't God accept me for who I am and what I've done even though it did not always meet what I thought ...
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"God is not a Nazi," said Thomas Merton. Indeed God is not. The Master of the Universe would become its victim, powerless before a squad of soldiers in a garden. God made himself weak for one purpose: to let human beings choose freely for themselves what to do with him. In Dorothy Sayers' play 'The Man Born to be King,' King Herod tells the Magi, 'You cannot rule men by love. When you find your king, tell him so. Only three things will govern a people - fear and greed and the promise of security.' King Herod understood the management principles Satan operates by, the same ones Jesus declined in the wilderness. Soren Kierkegaard wrote about God's light touch: 'Omnipotence which can lay its hand so heavily upon the world can also make its touch so light that the creature receives independence.' Sometimes, I concede, I wish that God used a heavier touch. My faith suffers from too much freedom, too many temptations to disbelieve. At times I want God to overwhelm me, to overcome my doubts with certai ...
Those who do not know there is another life after this one, or who cannot bring themselves to live in time as if they were meant to spend their eternity in God, resist the fruitful silence of their own being by continual noise. Even when their own tongues are still, their minds chatter without end and without meaning, or they plunge themselves into the protective noise of machines, traffic or radios. When their own noise is momentarily exhausted, they rest in the noise of other people. Thomas Merton
I believe it was the American mystic and contemplative, Thomas Merton, who wrote, "If I know your name, do I know you any better?" Merton may have been plumbing the depth of the human soul when he said this, but I suspect, like me, he may have had a hard time remembering names. An old man once told…
Thomas Merton has spoken. ~ Thomas Merton (January 31, 1915 – December 10, 1968), was an Anglo-American Catholic writer and mystic. A Trappist monk of the Abbey of Gethsemani, Kentucky, he wrote more than 70 books, including his best-selling autobiography, The Seven Storey Mountain (1948).
Sunergos Coffee, Micro-Roastery listening to Journey, reading Thomas Merton, writing haiku, pondering spirituality and life events as of late, reflecting upon conversation from earlier this week.
Huston Smith on meeting Thomas Merton in India, in 1968, and their brief time traveling together. Huston also recounts Merton's description of a typical day ...
Pride makes us artificial. Humility makes us real. ~ Thomas Merton
Please mark your calendar for this upcoming event! Praying with Thomas Merton: A Lenten Retreat March 21st-23rd, 2014 Join us at the beautiful St. Benedict Center in Schuler, NE, for a restful, contemplative weekend. We will pray along with the works of Thomas Merton, and learn how to encounter God through contemplation.
"Cessation from all hankerings." The Restlessness of Thomas Merton, J. D. Salinger & Jack Kerouac (2000)
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