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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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"Dorothy Day was considered a Communist; Thomas Merton, a subversive. Time has shown them to be prophets."
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"Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time." (Thomas Merton)
We cannot even look for [God] unless we have already found him, and we cannot find him unless he has first found us. - Thomas Merton
how am I *harboring* her? Is she on the legacy of Thomas Merton and photography as a FB user, you have to make it through! maybe?
‘We can hope in Him knowing that He loves us...let us place all our hope in His love itself’ Thomas Merton
"Peace demands the most heroic labor and the most difficult sacrifice." ~ Thomas Merton
Pride makes us artificial and humility makes us real. ~Thomas Merton
"If you want to study the social and political history of modern nations, study *** . . ~~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?. ~Thomas Merton
Love this quote from Thomas Merton... You shine like the sun! Did you know that?
“But there is greater comfort in the substance of silence than in the answer to a question.”. ― Thomas Merton
There' s only one thing necessary: to fulfill our own destiny, according to God's will, to be what God wants us to be. - Thomas Merton
Thanks be to God for the life of Thomas Merton and Meg Hunter-Kilmer...Modern day saints of our time!👼
"Anxiety is in the Mark of spiritual insecurity. "Thomas Merton
''There is a pervasive form of modern violence to which the idealist easily succumbs: activism and over-work.'' Thomas Mer…
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Just remaining quietly in the presence of God, listening to Him, being attentive to Him, requires a lot of courage & know-how. Thomas Merton
Wind and sun. Catbird bickering in a bush. Trees are all clothed and benches are out, and a new summer has begun. ~ Thomas Merton
Thomas Merton A bad book about the love of God remains a bad book. no
"Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone; we find it with another." - Thomas M…
"Personally, I would sooner have written Alice in Wonderland than the whole Encyclopedia Britannica" ~ Thomas Merton
Silence is the first language of God. - Thomas Merton (thanks to Jack Clough for this quote)
"To consider persons & events & situations only in the light of their effect upon myself is to live on the doorstep of ***
"Every moment and every event of every man's life on earth plants something in his soul." ~Thomas Merton
Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony. Thomas Merton. http:/…
“If a man is to live, he must be all alive, body, soul, mind, heart, spirit.” - Thomas Merton.
Thomas Merton (1915-1968) is arguably the most influential American Catholic author of the twentieth
Fr Robert Barron on the influence of Thomas Merton
"If the you of five years ago doesn't consider you of today a heretic, you aren't growing spiritually"-Thomas Merton
A presentation of the life of Thomas Merton will be live-streamed in Cintas center classrooms 202 on Friday from 7-9 pm. RSVP to Jane Myers
How do you expect to arrive at the end of your own journey if you take the road to another man's city? . Thomas Merton
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Wish I could be there! “Thomas Merton spiritual retreat for women set April 24 in Harbeson
and get some sense, for a moment, that we are full of paradise without knowing it”. - Thomas Merton, at Gethsemani, in Trappist, KY
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Compassion is the keen awareness of the interdependence of all living things. ~ Thomas Merton
The risen life is not easy: it is also a dying life. ~ Thomas Merton
"In humility is the greatest freedom. As long as you have to defend the imaginary self, you lose your peace of heart." . -Thomas Merton
I will no longer wound myself with the thoughts and questions that have surrounded me like thorns-Thomas Merton
William Van Ornum of Marist College explains why he is "haunted" by Thomas Merton
"... Your mediocrity and materialism, your sensuality and selfishness that have killed his faith." - Thomas Merton
Thomas Merton. put it, “A saint is not someone who is good but. who experiences the goodness of God.”
Anyone out there never read anything by Thomas Merton? If you are a member of that club then you are shortchanging yourself.
...I will already have surpassed myself.' - Thomas Merton
A brief hour-long stop at the Abbey of Gethsemani where Thomas Merton lived before heading back to…
"Pride makes us artificial and makes us real." Thomas Merton ~
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Having class at a professors house, outside, under a tree house, talking about Thomas Merton, with a cup of coffee in hand. Complete joy.
God defend me from the stuffy academic language and jargon. Let me write words that build. ~Thomas Merton
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"A right intention aims only at right action.". - Thomas Merton
Why Busy Christians Need to Learn from Thomas Merton, latest blog
♦Perhaps I am stronger than I think. ~ Thomas Merton | RT
The biggest human temptation is to settle for too little -Thomas Merton
On page 146 of 526 of Entering the Silence, by Thomas Merton
"In humility is the greatest freedom." -Thomas Merton RT
“The spiritual life is first of all a life. It is not something to be known and studied, it is to be lived.” . -Thomas Merton
:Last thing ... you know that Catholic-born Thomas Merton was on his way to converting to Buddhism before his death, right?
“Love seeks one thing only: the good of the one loved.”. —Thomas Merton”
“What is serious to men is often very trivial in the sight of God." ~Thomas Merton
Your life is shaped by the end you live for. You are made in the image of what you desire. - Thomas Merton
"Thomas Merton once said that the only way to be a good Christian now is to practise Buddhism.".
Everyone please start reading books by Thomas Merton!
"Solitude is a way to defend the spirit against the murderous din of our materialism.” . ― Thomas Merton
"And the Van Goghs, wheels of fire, cosmic, rich, full-bodied honest victories over desperation." - Thomas Merton
Let change come quietly and invisibly. (Thomas Merton) So much for Gandhi’s “be the change you want to see.”
Reminds me of Poem by Carmelite monk Thomas Merton 'Original Child' 40+ verses & horrors of Enola *** Must Read
. Otherwise we only love the reflection of ourselves we find in them.". - Thomas Merton
As Thomas Merton writes; Nomen meum eructavit caritas ex profundis (Love uttered my name from the depths).
Author Thomas Merton helping us make sense of the chaos.
"To hope is to risk frustration, therefore, make up your mind to risk frustration" Thomas Merton
Love is an intensification of life. - Thomas Merton
I was telling yesterday about Dorothy Day ...the other (almost ) Saint that i am reading is Thomas Merton
James Martin — A Prayer from Thoughts in Solitude by Thomas Merton by On Being via
"The 100th Anniversary of Thomas Merton's Birth: A Birthday Tribute as a Token of Gratitude" by Robert Barron:
On the 100th birthday of Thomas Merton, pays tribute while dispelling rumours that affect his legacy:
Looking forward to celebrating the life of Thomas Merton with an art and spirituality event in July here at St Michael's Church
Happy 100th Birthday, Thomas Merton. . Thank you for changing my life.
From the magazine: Danny Sullivan on Thomas Merton, 'the Trappist who couldn’t be silenced'
Enjoyed tribute to Thomas Merton, messenger of hope. Reminded me of yr PH classes!
"the fullest possible contact with reality—not as we imagine it, but as it really is" . Thomas Merton on living a spiritual life
ICYMI: My story on Saturday's centennial of the birth of author and monkThomas Merton via
As Thomas Merton taught, “If you want a life of prayer, the way to get it is by praying”
"The light of truth burns without a flicker in the depths of a house that is shaken with storms of passion and fear." Thomas Merton
Thomas Merton at 100: Still inspiring people to get closer to God
100th birthday is Friday! Read tribute to a man who was Parker's messenger of hope:
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The Trappist who couldn’t be silenced – As we mark the centenary of Thomas Merton’s birth this week many ar...
Last day for the American Red Cross blood drive! 12 - 6 p.m. in Thomas Merton Center. Walk-ins are welcome!
Thomas Merton. . January 31 was the 100th anniversary of the birth of Thomas Merton. A Trappist monk in the Roman...
1/31 marks the 100th birthday of Thomas Merton. We celebrate his legacy with these works &
This weeks review at CBB. The Franciscan Heart of Thomas Merton by Daniel P Horan …
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New Blog Post: Thomas Merton Anniversary Readings - 5 - Being Alone with God All good meditative prayer is a conve...
To celebrate Thomas Merton's 100th, HarperOne has a great sale on some titles.
And if you missed it, here's my post on how to get started with reading
Thomas Merton's biographer celebrates unconventional Trappist's legacy on the centenary of his birth
I love Tnomas Merton's humble and comforting prayer which starts: 'My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going'
When Life was Full from The way of Chuang Tsu translation by Thomas Merton - In the age when life on earth...
This link has one of my favourite prayers in it. It's by the poet/monk Thomas Merton. I think it is beautiful & true.
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No Fast Food Lane for Soul: “Hurry ruins saints as well as artists.”  ~ Thomas Merton Real art cannot...
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"Be convinced...we will never be anything but beginners (at prayer), all our life." (Thomas Merton, Trappist contemplative, 1915-68, USA)
"What do I need to do right now to tend the root of inner wisdom that makes work fruitful?" Parker Palmer on writings by Thomas Merton
Thomas Merton is among spiritual giants made more relatable because of his foibles, struggles, temptations, & doubts
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Thomas Merton, a Trappist(ultra-silent) monk, said he sensed the real presence of God in his monastery AND on busiest intersection New York.
It's Year in Review time in America, and I want all my FB friends (who like this sort of thing) to tell me about their 2014 in books, television and movies so I can get ideas for 2015. Here are mine: BOOKS (fiction): The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (non-fiction): The Seven Storey Mountain by Thomas Merton. TELEVISION: " The Roosevelts" by Ken Burns, " Justified" on FX (but we stream from Netflix) " The Big Bang Theory" (streamed all 8 seasons!). MOVIES: "Gravity"( the only one we saw at a theater) John and I never see and rarely read anything when it first comes out because we are old, so we rely on our friends to help us out. We tried to watch "True Detective" last night because it got rave reviews in the Wall Street Journal, but after 15 minutes we were so depressed we turned it off and watched another rerun of Big Bang Theory to get the taste out of our mouths! Please help!!! DON'T STRESS ABOUT IT, JUST WHATEVER COMES TO YOUR MIND. THANK YOU AND Happy New Year!
I used to hear in early sobriety that if you had an idea after 10:00 pm, it was probably a bad idea. I think the same is true about any ideas you may have in the next few days. Everyone is very crazy. Some of us are better at covering this up than others. Some people will say how cheerful they feel and how much they love the holidays; but these are very angry people. Try not to be alone with them for any length of time. Three people I love have called this weekend with these intensely expressed decisions that they felt had to be made as soon as possible, at least by Monday. They are without exception highly intelligent and self-aware, really on to themselves, yet without exception, their ideas would have caused damage to their careers, marriages, children, serenity, and in one case, their dog. I listened, and said the great chemo-therapeutic words, "Me too." Then I made a subtle kind of hmmm sound, vaguely amused at how we comical we become under stress; delusional, and mad. The people all grew quiet ...
From an Advent Poem by Thomas Merton. Yet it is far from Christmas, when a star. Sang in the pane, as brittle as...
"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
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⭐️ Thomas Merton, prayer before midnight mass at Christmas, 1941 ⭐️
Thomas Merton is one of the best.Blended Eastern meditation with Christianity.
"If you find God with great ease, perhaps it is not God you have found." - Thomas Merton (via...
Excitedly reading Thomas Merton. "The integrity of the artist lifts a man above the level of the world without delivering him from it."
First time I've needed footnotes for FB post. Oops and sorry! Google "famous Thomas Merton Prayer, will 1st. Same w/ "St. F…
The last couple of years I've been reading mostly Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Thomas Merton. Merton, I confess, is beyond me ..
Spending my morning/early afternoon with Thomas Merton and drinking tea.
Contemplation is the loving sense of this life, this presence and this eternity. - Thomas Merton
"There is in all visible things...a hidden wholeness.⁰"~ Thomas Merton
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"The more you try to avoid suffering the more you suffer." ~Thomas Merton
"A man who fails well is greater than one who succeeds badly.” . ― Thomas Merton, No Man Is an Island
No, Internet Atheist Dude, you aren't smarter than CS Lewis, Gregor Mendel, Thomas Merton, or Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, Sorry about that.
We have what we seek. It is there all the time, and if we give it time, it will make itself known to us. -Thomas Merton
Thomas Merton to Dorothy Day: 'I would never have become Catholic w/o the witness of the Catholic Worker'
Great to see Mayor Greg Fischer (at Robert Ellsberg's lecture on Thomas Merton & Dorothy Day tonight
'To some men peace merely means the liberty to exploit other people without fear of retaliation or interference. To others peace means the freedom to rob others without interruption. To still others it means the leisure to devour the goods of the earth without being compelled to interrupt their pleasures to feed upon those whom their greed is starving. And to practically everybody peace simply means the absence of any physical violence that might cast a shadow over lives devoted to the satisfaction of their animal appetites for comfort and pleasure.' ~ Thomas Merton
Discover more about Thomas Merton with Julia Keeling, a participant in Richard Rohr's "Living School" Sat 08 Nov 11-4
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Pray!. "You are in constant and immediate contact with the infinite power of God" -Thomas Merton
The quotable American Trappist and writer, Thomas Merton (1915–68), is one of the most influential spiritual...
The spiritual life is, then, first of all a matter of keeping awake. —Thomas Merton (On beginnings & keeping awake: http:/…
I agree with Thomas Merton that, perhaps surprisingly, developing contemplation, stability, and peace within is the greatest a…
"Humility is the surest sign of strength." -Thomas Merton. . This one really makes you think.
To say that I am made in the image of God is to say that love is the reason for my existence, for God is love. — Thomas Merton
Happened upon this amazing picture last night: Wendell Berry, Denise Levertov, and Thomas Merton.
“If our life is poured out in useless words, we will never hear anything, never become anything, and in the end, because we have said everything before we had anything to say, we shall be left speechless at the moment of our greatest decision.” --THOMAS MERTON, "THOUGHTS IN SOLITUDE"
"One thing occurs to me: how foolish it would be to base your whole life, to base important decisions, merely on a feeling of interior peace, or on a vague sense of oneness with God, considered as an experience. . . . That sense can be purely natural and aesthetic. As such it is probably not a genuine experimental knowledge of God, but only an experience of our own spirituality, a withdrawal from exterior things into our own selves, which enable us to taste the peace of our own spiritual nature. . . . It is important, therefore, not to seek any mere experience, and not to stop at the aesthetic sense of anything." Seek only God’s will—the Kingdom of God and His Justice—and peace and all the rest will be added to you." Thomas Merton, May 31, 1947. Ember Saturday entry, in Entering the Silence (The Merton Legacy Trust, 1996), pp.80-81.
“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
check out Thomas Merton poem link Original Child bomb. 67th anniversary & this poem re Enola Gaye shd be on curricula
"There is something in the very nature of my freedom that inclines me to love, to do good, to dedicate myself to others. I have an instinct that tells me that I am less free when I am living for myself alone." --THOMAS MERTON, "NO MAN IS AN ISLAND"
Secrecy and solitude are values that belong to the very essence of personality. -- Thomas Merton
"The very contradictions in my life are in some ways signs of God's mercy to me."" - Thomas Merton
This requires the direct intervention of GOD.”. (Thomas Merton)
If Thomas Merton could bridge east & west, surely can bridge KY & IN with messages of love & compassion http…
SImply Merton by Linus Mundy offers wisdom and insightful questions from Thomas Merton's journals. Stop by the...
"I am glad to be shocked by grace and to wake up in time to see the great seriousness of it" - Thomas Merton
The things that we love tell us what we are. - Thomas Merton
the Desert Fathers have alot 2 say on the psychology of golf. Read Thomas Merton Richard Rohr Henri Nouwen on the desert Fathers
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"Gratitude... is constantly awakening to new wonder and to praise of the goodness of God."- Thomas Merton
"Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy." Thomas Merton
" It is only in discovering GOD that we come to discover our true selves.". -Thomas Merton, New Seeds of Contemplation-
We must learn to respond not to this or that syllable, . but to the whole song. —Thomas Merton
"No writing on life can say anything that has not already been said better by the wind in the pine trees." - Thomas Merton
Every moment... event. of every person's life on earth. plants something in the soul. ~ Thomas Merton
"Prayer is an expression of who we are...We are living incompleteness. We are a gap, an emptiness that calls for fulfillment." Thomas Merton
All Christian life is meant to be at the same time profoundly contemplative and rich in active work. Thomas Merton
Brennan Manning's “The Furious Longing of God” has been a very powerful and encouraging read.I love how he quotes very poignant passages from Christian mystics that is relevant to what he is writing about. Manning's book has also inspired me to write a new piece about how important and encouraging Native American Spirituality, and Christian mystics, like Thomas Merton, Brother Lawrence, St.Francis of Assisi, George MacDonald, and the Celtic Saint Brigid have been to me on my journey. I use to be so full of anxiety, which led to depression and unhealthy self loathing, but now, by Grace, I am calm in my spirit even in the busyness of life, and am able to rest in the Divine Presence of Christ, and be full of His Joy, Love and Shalom. And I love it! Just amazing. Thank you Abba Father!
"Pride is a stubborn insistence of being what we are not and never were intended to be. Pride is a deep, insatiable need for unreality, an exorbitant demand that others believe the lie we have made ourselves believe about ourselves." --THOMAS MERTON, "THE NEW MAN"
"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 quotes from
Boy did I need to hear this... great wisdom "The scarcity model is the way we’re trained to think: “I am not enough. This is not enough. I do not have enough.” So we try to attain more and more, and climb higher and higher. Thomas Merton said we may spend our whole life climbing the ladder of success, only to discover that when we get to the top our ladder is leaning against the wrong wall. “To pray and actually mean ‘thy Kingdom come,’ we must also be able to say ‘my kingdoms go.’
Taken from "Whispered Words of Encouragement": "That is God's call to us - - simply to be people who are content to live close to Him and to renew the kind of life in which the closeness is felt and experienced." Thomas Merton
BOOK REVIEW: Thoughts in Solitude by Thomas Merton via Reaching Hurting Women - * Thoughts in ...
“If a man does not know the value of his own loneliness, how can he respect another’s solitude?” . — Thomas Merton, “No Man Is An Island”
The horror of atrocities by Israel exceeds our capacity to render the events through language says Catholic thinker & poet, Thomas Merton
The Franciscan Heart of Thomas Merton: A New Look at the Spiritual Inspiration of His Li...
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
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
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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
"It is love, not reason, that is stronger than death." ~Thomas Merton
When human society fulfills its true function the persons who form it grow in their individual freedom and personal integrity.-Thomas Merton
Silence on fire. Quote taken from In Silence, by 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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The influence of Thomas Merton and Taoist monks and Parker Palmer.
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 ...
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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 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...
“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
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"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
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)
The rush and pressure of modern life are a form, perhaps the most common form, of its innate violence. ~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
A conversation overheard made me redouble my effort to apply Thomas Merton's advice:
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
"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
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.
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
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)
"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?
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