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

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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)
Daily Riches: Attending to God in Prayer -- Thomas Merton and John Higgins
"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"
'There is a pervasive form of contemporary violence to which the idealist fighting for peace by nonviolent methods most easily succumbs: activism and overwork. The rush and pressure of modern life are a form, perhaps the most common form, of its innate violence. To allow oneself to be carried away by a multitude of conflicting concerns, to surrender to too many demands, to commit oneself to too many projects, to want to help everyone in everything, is to succumb to violence. More than that, it is cooperation in violence. The frenzy of the activist neutralizes his work for peace. IIt destroys his own inner capacity for peace. It destroys the fruitfulness of his own work, because it kills the root of inner wisdom which makes work fruitful.' ~ Thomas Merton, Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander
This my best quote ever! (y) "There can be an intense egoism in following everyone 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 hurry 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
The use of the word "God" in the missionary Thomas Merton's "The Way of Chuang Tzu" is a horribly misleading and...
A Prayer - Help Me To Follow The Right Road 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 that 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 will I 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 will never leave me to face my perils alone. Amen. Thomas Merton (1915 - 1968)
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..
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-
Compassion is the keen awareness of the interdependence of all things -Thomas Merton
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
"What we are asked to do is to love, and this love itself will render both ourselves and our neighbors worthy.” . - Thomas Merton
A life is either all spiritual or not spiritual at all. No man can serve two masters. Your life is shaped by the end you live for. You are made in the image of what you desire. - 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
Desire is blind. It judges things only in relation to ourselves. Thomas Merton
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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…
The Conference is thrilled to have Thomas Merton biographer, Dr. Michael Higgins as a speaker:
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
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"Fear narrows the little entrance of our heart. It shrinks up our capacity to love. It freezes up our power to give ourselves." -Thomas Merton
"We are so obsessed with doing that we have no time and no imagination left for being. As a result, men are valued not for what they are but for what they do or what they have - for their usefulness." - Thomas Merton quotes from BrainyQuote.com
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 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
"In the last analysis, 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." -Thomas Merton Wow! Could not have said this any better.
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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
“Perhaps I am stronger than I think” - Thomas Merton -- Have some faith in yourself today. You are a badass.
“Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone - we find it with another.”. ― Thomas Mer…
“I can only become perfectly free by serving the will of God.”. - 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.”. ― Tho…
“Our job is to love others without stopping to consider whether or not they are worthy.”. -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 ...
Part IV - 'The Fourth Storey' Do not be afraid, Mary. In 1986 the 'Fourth Storey' of Mary's mountain journey began. It started in darkness and ended in Light. Mary experienced a time of illness and depression, a time when she lost the Light, a time of pain and darkness. But after two years, she made a complete and wonderful recovery from that illness. Not only that but she decided that she would now do what she had always promised herself she would do, return to her beloved New York. Gerry was working in a parish in Los Angeles that summer. She came and spent a fortnight with him and her brother Jim Curran. It was her first visit to the United States since she had went home on that summer holiday in 1957 and never returned. From the moment she set foot in America again, she knew that she was home. She loved the people, the food, the energy and life. It was still her place. Within months she had organized her return. The following September she was back in New York and worked in a local restaurant the very ...
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"Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time." - Thomas Merton
"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??
Every moment and every event of every man's on Earth plants something in his Thomas Merton
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
"The whole idea of compassion is based on a keen awareness of the other. The whole purpose of life is to live by love." ~Thomas Merton All we need is love! ;-)
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!!!
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
“When I get honest, I admit I am a bundle of paradoxes. I believe and I doubt, I hope and get discouraged, I love and I hate, I feel bad about feeling good, I feel guilty about not feeling guilty. I am trusting and suspicious. I am honest and I still play games. Aristotle said I am a rational animal; I say I am an angel with an incredible capacity for beer. To live by grace means to acknowledge my whole life story, the light side and the dark. In admitting my shadow side I learn who I am and what God's grace means. As Thomas Merton put it, "A saint is not someone who is good but who experiences the goodness of God."
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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Love is not . just something . that happens to you: . it is a certain . special way of . being alive. ~ Thomas Merton.
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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
Be good, keep your feet dry, your eyes open, your heart at peace and your soul in the joy of Christ. -Thomas Merton
"Pride makes us artificial and humility makes us real." - Thomas Merton
The biggest human temptation is to settle for too little. Thomas Merton
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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)
When in the Soul of the Serene Disciple” by Thomas Merton When in the soul of the serene disciple With no more Fathers to imitate Poverty is a success, It is a small thing to say the roof is gone: He has not even a house. Stars, as well as friends, Are angry with the noble ruin. Saints depart in several directions. Be still: There is no longer any need of comment It was a lucky wind That blew away his halo with his cares, A lucky sea that drowned his reputation. Here you will find Neither a proverb nor a memorandum. There are no ways, No methods to admire Where poverty is no achievement. His God lives in his emptiness like an affliction. What choice remains? Well, to be ordinary is not a choice: It is the usual freedom Of men without vision.
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.”
"The truth that many people never understand, until it is too late, is that the more you try to avoid suffering the more you suffer because smaller and more insignificant things begin to torture you in proportion to your fear of being hurt." ~Thomas Merton
"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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Considers the legacy of Thomas Merton and his relevance for contemporary times.
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The Buddhist leader Dalai Lama on visiting the grave of Thomas Merton at Gethsemane Abbey prayed, "Now our spirits are one…." It is an appalling blasphemy to affirm of the thrice-Holy God that the Kingdom of God is "as a mustard seed planted in the soil of consciousness" and that "meditation help[s] us touch the most valuable seeds that are in us" and that it "put[s] us in contact with the ground of our being." Listen to the razor-sharp words of the Redeemer, "Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." The Holy Spirit's unique office is to lead true believers into all truth by convicting us of "sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment." It is not by the darkness of meditation on "the ground of our being" that leads us to the kingdom of Christ; rather in the words of Scripture, it is the Father "which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son."
"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…
“Anxiety is the mark of spiritual insecurity.” - Thomas Merton, O.C.S.O. (1968 †)
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.
“A Prayer for Peace,” by Thomas Merton (From a prayer read in the House of Representative on April 12, 1962, Wednesday of Holy Week) 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 our errors is inexhaustible, in Your will is our peace. Mercifully hear this prayer which rises to You from the tumult and desperation of a world in which You are forgotten, in which Your name is not invoked, Your laws are derided, Your presence is ignored. Because we do not know You, we have no 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 nuclear power to bless our children’s children, not to blight them. Resolve our inner contradictions that now grow beyond belief and beyond bearing. They are at once a torment and a blessing: for if You had not left us the light of consci ...
"Pride makes us artificial, humility makes us real." Thomas Merton, priest
"Cessation from all hankerings." The Restlessness of Thomas Merton, J. D. Salinger & Jack Kerouac (2000)
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"My successes are not my own. The way to them was prepared by others. The fruit of my labors is not my own: for I am preparing the way for the achievements of another. Nor are my failures my own. They may spring from the failure of another, but they are also compensated for by another’s achievement. Therefore the meaning of my life is not to be looked for merely in the sum total of my achievements. It is seen only in the complete integration of my achievements and failures with the achievements and failures of my own generation, and society, and time, and time." - Thomas Merton -
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All men seek God; whether they find "Him" or not is problematic. For some, like Thomas Merton, the search involved decades of solitude and meditation; for others a few minutes of "repentance" at an altar call in a tent. It's all very confusing and is even worse once you have "found" God or He you, depending on your beliefs. A god borne of a woman and who traversed the birth canal is pretty abhorrent to Muslims. Then, so are pork chops. I too have a problem with pork chops, usually remedied by thick layers of applesauce. But, for the life of me, I do not understand the nature of the problem as regards "V". I've done my math, you see, and P into V = well, divine. Religion can be very complicated. Along these lines, there's a quote I read somewhere (who uttered it and it's exactness I do not recall) that went something like : " A boy becomes a man when he stops wondering where he came from and starts wondering how to get there". That pretty much sums up my journey and the wreckage I have left strewn along .. ...
Vanessa Hurst , former director of the Thomas Merton Institute facilitated a retreat on Thomas Merton and Meditation @ the Sisters of Nazareth Retreat Center.
At the Thomas Merton Center now meeting with the wonderful 16th Summit Against Racism Team! Please register here everybody so that we can plan for food and materials. Thanks a lot!
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. The reason for this is that I cannot be completely independent. Since I am not self-sufficient I depend on someone else for my fulfillment. My freedom is not fully free when left to itself. It becomes so when it is brought into the right relation with freedom of another. Thomas Merton
A Thomas Merton poem for Epiphany: Carol - Written in 1946 Flocks feed by darkness with a noise of whispers, In the dry grass of pastures, And lull the solemn night with their weak bells. The little towns upon the rocky hills Look down as meek as children: Because they have seen come this holy time. God's glory, now, is kindled gentler than low candlelight Under the rafters of a barn: Eternal Peace is sleeping in the hay, And Wisdom's born in secret in a straw-roofed stable. And O! Make holy music in the stars, you happy angels. You shepherds, gather on the hill. Look up, you timid flocks, where the three kings Are coming through the wintry trees; While we unnumbered children of the wicked centuries Come after with our penances and prayers, And lay them down in the sweet-smelling hay Beside the wise men's golden jars.
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We rarely pray with the 'mind' alone. Meditation involves the whole man, and proceeds from the center of man's being. -- Thomas Merton
If our literary referents are still Flannery O'Connor and Thomas Merton, who are both super dead, I'm in good shape.
OK God, I see where you’ve been. I trust where you will be. (Thomas Merton)
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The real reason why so few men believe in God is that they have ceased to believe that even a God can love them . - Thomas Merton
Music is pleasing not only because of the sound but because of the silence that is in it ... - Thomas Merton
I Will be leading a Thomas Merton retreat on January 11 2014 at penuel Ridge retreat center in Ashland city tn. Details as follows. will be a great day.
"It was my defeat that would be the occasion of my rescue." Thomas Merton
Let me share with you some of the higlights of my 2013.   I've been afraid of showing my emotions. I try to hide this kind of pain. But in the process of moving on, I've learned that I have the right to feel pain. It's okay not to be okay at times. I need to fully experience this emotion so I could move on with my life. It's like a string pulling me back whenever I feel like flying and not wanting to go down. It's one thing that makes me hold on to reality.   Mahirap isipin kung paano nangyayari lahat. Paano nagkaroon ng sakit, paanong nagkaroon ng saya. Pero sa taong lumipas, naranasan ko ang mga bagay na nagturo sakin na makuntento sa kung ano lang ang meron. Natuto akong mamuhay na alisin ang pag-aalala dahil ang lahat ng 'to lilipas din. Lahat magbabago. Minsan nakakalimutan ko padin na maging matatag. Hindi ko parin naiiwasan na maging malungkot. Pero pagkatapos ng lahat, nararamdaman ko ang katotohanan na hindi Nya ko pinapabayaan.     But then I have also learned that because of pain, I can fee ...
The man who fears to be alone will never be anything but lonely , no matter how much he may surround himself with people . - Thomas Merton
In the end, it's the reality of personal relationships that save everything.~~Thomas Merton
This morning a thought to lead my meditation from Thomas Merton: "If nothing that can be seen can either be God or represent Him to us as He is, then to find God we must pass beyond everything that can be seen and enter into darkness. Since nothing that can be heard is God, to find Him we must enter into silence... "...when we accept only what we can consciously rationalize, our life is actually reduced to the most pitiful limitations, though we may think quite otherwise... "The function of faith is not to reduce mystery to rational clarity, but to integrate the unknown and the known together in a living whole, in which we are more and more able to transcend the limitations of our external self... "Until a man yields himself to God in the consent of total belief, he must inevitably remain a stranger to himself, an exile from himself , because he is excluded from the most meaningful depths of his own being: those which remain obscure and unknown because they are too simple and too deep to be attained by re ...
A 365 daily with inspirational and provocative selections from the journals of Thomas Merton combined with drawings and photographs by Merton. This volume of daily inspiration from Thomas Merton draws from Merton's journals and papers to present, each day, a seasonally appropriate and th...
Thomas Merton: a monk for all seasons. Talk in Dublin next week.
"After all, what is your personal identity? Is is what you really are, your real self. None of us is what we think we are, or what other people think we are... Many of us think, no doubt, that we are what we would like to be. And it is fortunate for most of us that we are mistaken."---Thomas Merton
This is the summary of Lent and Easter Wisdom from Thomas Merton: Daily Scripture and Prayers, Together with Thomas ...
“Persons arent know by intellect alone, not by principles alone, but only by love” — Thomas Merton
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“If a man is to live, he must be all alive, body, soul, mind, heart, spirit.” ~Thomas Merton
: The last man did not know much but today was the wise man knows a lot but is ignorant Trappist Thomas Merton.
.Otherwise we only love the reflection of ourselves we find in them!. -- Thomas Merton
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To be unknown to God is entirely too much privacy. ~ Thomas Merton, New Seeds of Contemplation
While God sings by himself in acres of night. And walls fall down, that guarded Paradise. ~ Thomas Merton
Thomas Merton There is no neutrality between gratitude and ingratitude. Those who are not grateful soon begin ...
“Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony.” ~Thomas Merton. The vast majority of people I know have…
Why do spend our lives striving to be something we'd never want to be, if only we knew what we wanted? -Thomas Merton
:: The spiritual life is first of all a life. It is not merely something to be known and studied, it is to be lived...Thomas Merton
Let's see what you do with this: Thomas Merton put Buddhism and Christianity together in four words : " God isn't someone else "
Rabbi Philip Pohl gave the Call to Prayer... Pastor MaAn read a Thomas Merton prayer... many readings, prayers, and songs about peace and compassion were the order of the night at the 5th Annual Annapolis New Year's Eve Interfaith Service at EUMC. Thanks to all who participated in such an awesome service!
Pastor Ken Shigematsu will be speaking to the Thomas Merton Society on January 10 on the Rule of Life. Participation is by donation.
"The greatest need of our time is to clean out the enormous mass of mental and emotional rubbish that clutters our minds." -- Thomas Merton
The forward of the book was written by Thomas Merton ... retreating (asap) with Thich Nhat Hanh, Thomas Merton, Plato, Kant, Nietzsche, and Schopenhauer ... not sure whether it's redwoods/oceans, or mountains/peaks ... long, long overdue.
Love not only prefers the good of another to my own, but it does not even compare the two. It has only one good, that of the beloved, which is, at the same time, my own. Love shares the good with another not by diving it with him, but by identifying itself with him. Love seeks its whole good in the good of the beloved, and to divide that good would be to diminish love. Such a division would not only weaken the action of love, but in doing so would also diminish it's joy. For love does not seek a joy that follows from it's effect; it's joy is in the effect itself, which is the good of the beloved. Love seeks one thing only: the good of the one loved. It leaves all the other secondary effects to take care of themselves. Love, therefore, is its own reward. - Thomas Merton Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. - 1 John 4:7
Do not be mad at your neighbor that he is not a good Christian, perhaps your coldness has killed his faith (reflecting on the words of Thomas Merton). Let us not judge people just because they are not like us, let us remember that the scandal we give by the way we act can affect people we have not even met, those who have been directly affected by us could affect many others we may never meet. Just one bad word, and the world is a little worse. Struggle to avoid scandalizing people. Do what is good always and peace will be yours. God come to our aid !
The spiritual writer Thomas Merton has written, “All that we really need in our life comes to us only as gifts.” If this be true, this is not a New Year’s resolution but a new year promise. If this be true, then why do we doubt our future? If what we really need will be given us, what great faith then is asked of us? Our homeless friends teach us that lesson daily. -Charles Strobel
I finally did it. I've wanted to get this tattoo for a long time. It is a sketch by the monk and writer Thomas Merton. I went to the Abbey of Gethsemani on retreat several years ago and fell in love with Merton and his joyous love for God. I've read his journals and his thoughts are never far from my mind. Merton devoted himself to God but was still very much a man, a man that doubted. He said that faith cannot exist without doubt. But when we feel this doubt, we remember the cross on our forehead - that we are marked as Christ's own forever and that we are never alone. We can hand over our doubt to God and continue praying and loving and being compassionate.
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Without God , man does not find true fulfillment , even in this mortal life . Thomas Merton noted that the man has no peace with other men because he is not at peace with himself , and he has no peace with himself because he has peace with God . The pursuit of pleasure only to have pleasure is a sign of inner turmoil , an illusion of happiness epicurean . Those looking for pleasure have discovered several times during the course of history , the temporary diversions of life brings deeper despair. That nagging feeling of " something is wrong " is difficult to combat . King Solomon gave to a search of everything this world has to offer , and recorded his findings in the book of Ecclesiastes . Solomon found that knowledge alone is futile ( Ecclesiastes 1:12-18 ) . He found that pleasure and wealth are futile ( 2:1-11 ) , that materialism is folly ( 2:12-23 ) , and that riches are fleeting (Chapter 6 ) . Solomon concludes that life is a gift from God ( 3:12-13 ) and that the only wise way to live is fearing G ...
If you want to study the social and political history of modern nations, study *** - Thomas Merton
Yes!! I'm auditing the "Spirituality of Thomas Merton" class at Seattle University School of Theology and Ministry starting Monday!! So excited to spend ten weeks with Valerie Lesniak and the STM community.
A Letter to Thomas Merton, 1962 by Eugene [Fr. Seraphim] Rose I am a young American convert to Russian Orthodoxy—not the vague “liberal” spirituality of too many modern Russian “religious thinkers,”...
"There is only one unhappiness: not to love God". - Thomas Merton When we look at our lives and we see we are unhappy, we all would want to disagree that there is only one unhappiness. If we look past our hurts and sins and that way of this world and keep our eyes on Jesus, we can fully understand that with out him we have and are nothing. If we don't love God we have nothing to cling onto, but on the other hand in loving Him we find everything we need for this life and the next life to come. Matthew 6.25-27.niv “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
There are those who question why we sacrifice to send our son to Fairfield Prep. The growth and development is priceless, especially when he lives the motto "men for others" through community service. Today at the Thomas Merton house the Prep Alumni made and served brunch. To see them, many from the 50's, 60's, and 70's, banding together and continuing to be "men for others" solidified our stance and confirmed that we made the right choice! It is worth every bit of sacrifice. Thanking God for blessing us to educate him there. September 2014 starts Travis L Gerald's senior year and Trevor's Freshman year (although St. Joseph's his option) we are praying for continued academic success in 2014!
Start the year off right with readings for each day of the year from the classic work of C. S. Lewis, Rumi, Rainer Maria Rilke, and Thomas Merton. Offer valid in the U.S. only.
"Perhaps I am stronger than I think," are words expressed by Thomas Merton. .He was... and hopefully so am I. As this year begins I take on new challenges and I pray that God helps me find my strength by sharing his wisdom and guidance. Thank you God for the gift of another year...
If we seek paradise outside ourselves, we cannot have paradise in our hearts. Thomas Merton (Jessica)
“Do not depend on the hope of results. You may have to face the fact that your work will be apparently worthless and even achieve no result at all, if not perhaps results opposite to what you expect. As you get used to this idea, you start more and more to concentrate not on the results, but on the value, the rightness, the truth of the work itself. Thomas Merton
Thomas Merton, the namesake of the Thomas Merton Center, located in Pittsburgh, PA - was a great both a prophet and an architect of peace and nonviolence who wrote extensively about the power of fo...
"I Woke Up: Thomas Merton and Buddhism" Lecture by Dr. Bonnie Thurston (Pittsburgh Theological Seminary) for the 2005 Swanson Lectures in Spirituality ...
Our Prayers Create Us Meditation 50 of 52 When we celebrate New Year’s Day, and maybe Easter too, we celebrate a symbolic rebirth of time. We somehow hope for God to do new things with us and for us. We wait for the coming of grace, for the unfolding of Mystery. We wait for the always-bigger Truth. Such humble waiting and open-ended expecting allows us to fall into what Thomas Merton called “a hidden wholeness.” One does not create or hold onto such wholeness (holiness?) consciously—it holds onto us! Our common code word for this hidden wholeness is quite appropriately “God”! When we agree to love God, we are precisely agreeing to love everything. When we decide to trust God, we are also deciding to trust reality at its deepest foundation. But we cannot just wait. We must pray too, which is to expect help from Another Source. Our prayers then start both naming us and defining us. When we hear our own prayers in our own ears and our own heart, we start choosing our deepest identity, our bigges ...
The key to the meaning of life – Thomas Merton Realization of the Supreme 'Player' whose 'play' is manifested in the million-formed inexhaustible richness of beings and events is what gives us the key to the meaning of life. Once we live in awareness of the cosmic dance and move in time with the Dancer, our life attains its true dimension. It is at once more serious and less serious than the life of one who does not sense this inner cosmic dynamism. To live without this illuminated consciousness is to live as a beast of burden, carrying one's life with tragic seriousness as a huge, incomprehensible weight. The weight of the burden is the seriousness with which one takes one’s own individual and separate self. To live with the true consciousness of life centered in Another is to lose one’s self-important seriousness and thus to live life as ‘play’ in union with a Cosmic Player. It is He alone that one takes seriously. But to take Him seriously is to find joy and spontaneity in everything, for eve ...
Understanding Catholic Devotion to Mary By: Thomas Merton This is often forgotten by Catholics themselves, and therefore it is not surprising that those who are not Catholic often have a completely wrong conception of Catholic devotion to the Mother of God. They imagine, and sometimes we can understand their reasons for doing so, that Catholics treat the Blessed Virgin as an almost divine being in her own right, as if she had some glory, some power, some majesty of her own that placed her on a level with Christ Himself. They regard the Assumption of Mary into heaven as a kind of apotheosis placed in the Redemption would seem to be equal to that of her Son. +++ But this is all completely contrary to the true mind of the Catholic Church.+++ It forgets that Mary's chief glory is in her nothingness, in the fact of being the "Handmaid of the Lord," as one who in becoming the Mother of God acted simply in loving submission to His command, in the pure obedience of faith. She is blessed not because of some mythic ...
Happy New Year! I have here a list of the ten best books I read in 2013: "Falling Upward" and "Simplicity" by Richard Rohr "New Seeds of Contemplation" by Thomas Merton "A Walk in the Woods" by Bill Bryson "What Good is God" by Philip Yancey "The Amateur" by Edward Klein "A New Kind of Christianity" by Brian McLaren "Shame and Grace" by Lewis Smedes "Staying Rational in an Irrational World" by Albert Ellis "Mere Christianity" and "The Problem of Pain" by C.S. Lewis Oops / that's eleven, isn't it? Well , okay then it's hard to remove any of these from my list. They are all good, I think.
December issue has poem 'Destiny' by Shawn Nevins, an article 'All is One' by Rob Kayinto, an article 'Surrender' by Sheri Rink, a quote by Thomas Merton, an article, 'Addicted to Seeking' by Peter Lisa, an article, 'Sex and the Sangha' by Gordon Gross, a video, 'Mr. Rose', music 'Silent Warrior: Cr...
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Classic writings from the great Zen master in exquisite versions by Thomas Merton, in a new edition with a preface by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Working from existing translations, Thomas Merton composed a series of his own versions of the classic sayings of Chuang Tzu, the most spiritual of Chinese philosophers. Chuang Tzu, who wrote in the fourth and third centuries B.C., is the chief authentic historical...
The Cold War Letters (1963) by Thomas Merton "Sound familiar?"...Kensky In his preface to the letters, Merton says, " In actual fact it would seem that during the Cold War, if not during WWII, this country[USA] has become frankly a warfare state built on affluence, a power structure in which the interests of big business, the obessions of the military, and the phobias of political extremists both dominate and dictate our national policy. It also seems that the people of the country are by and large reduced to passivity, confusion, resentment, frustration, thoughtlessness and ignorance, so that they blindly follow any line that is unraveled for them by the mass media." .
God can use what He hates to accomplish what He loves (Thomas Merton) What's new in new year? What are our resolutions for new year? Apa yg hrs dikurangi? Ditambah? Dimulai? Dihentikan? (tulipS)
The end of the world will be legal. -- Thomas Merton The revolution will not be televised. -- Gil Scott-Heron
Born on January 31, 1915 in France to artist parents, Thomas Merton moved to New York before he was one year old. His mother, Ruth, died from cancer when he was six years old. After her death, Merton lived with his grandparents on Long Island while h...
Thomas Merton (Father Lewis) was a great writer and thinker. I was reading one of his books when he died in Thailand in '68. Rest in peace dear brother.
Thomas Merton described meditation as centering the attention to the presence of God. Spend time fostering your internal peace while experiencing mediation both as a formal practice and as a focusing of awareness. This weekend incorporates the writings of Thomas Merton as the foundation to holistica...
Brad Miner admires Thomas Merton, whose “The Seven Storey Mountain” is a true classic; its author a teacher but not a guru, and probably not a saint.
I have finished reading The Seven Storey Mountain, the Autobiography of Father Thomas Merton, a Trappist monk, priest, and author, of whom is one of my most inspirational figures in recent times. His writings have inspired my own, in part. His meditations inspired me to take some of the roads I have taken. He too struggled with many of the same questions I did. He too, had some of the same doubts I also have had. I am sure if he were still alive today, I would have found in him to be a kindred spirit. Indeed, finding one's vocation is oft a most difficult thing. I only hope that I may some day find mine.
Richard Rohr, author of "The Enneagram A Christian perspective" quotes something Thomas Merton courageously wrote in 'The Living Bread' in 1956: "The great tragedy of our age is the fact, if one may dare to say it, that there are so many Godless Christians - Christians, that is, whose religion is a matter of pure conformism and expediency. Their "faith" is little more than a permanent evasion of reality - a compromise with life. In order to avoid admitting the uncomfortable truth that they no longer have any real need for God or any vital faith in Him, they conform to the outward conduct of others like themselves. And these "believers" cling together, offering one another an apparent justification for lives that are essentially just the same as the lives of their materialistic neighbors whose horizons are purely those of the world and the world and it's transient values."
Our idea of God tells us more about ourselves than about Him. + Thomas Merton +
MONASTERY OF THE MIND | Thomas Merton - via Christians for a Secular Society “When your tongue is silent, you can rest in the silence of the forest. When your imagination is silent, the forest speaks to you. It tells you of its unreality and of the Reality of God. But when your mind is silent, then the forest suddenly becomes magnificently real and blazes transparently with the Reality of God.” - Thomas Merton (Catholic, 1915 CE)
This is an interesting quote from Thomas Merton on the problem of TV and contemplative prayer: "I am certainly no judge of television, since I have never watched it. All I know is that there is a sufficiently general agreement, among men whose judgment I respect, that commercial television is degraded, meretricious and absurd. Certainly it would seem that TV could become a kind of unnatural surrogate for contemplation: a completely inert subjection to vulgar images, a descent to a sub-natural passivity rather than an ascent to a supremely active passivity in understanding and love. It would seem that television should be used with extreme care and discrimination by anyone who might hope to take interior life seriously." (86) Seeds of Contemplation
Hantie Terblanche “You find peace not by rearranging the circumstances of your life, but by realizing who you are at the deepest level.” ~ Thomas Merton John P. Cwynar Hmmm ... You bring up a good point, Hantie. I never realized that rearranging the circumstances of my life was an option. I shall attempt that today... perhaps alphabetical order for starters...
Just one of my besties...We are in good company and shepherd's care with him. This prayer is so helpful and comforting for those of us who sometimes wonder...and when my Mom died, I had copies made to share with everyone at the service and reception. I love it and hope each person reading it is encouraged and more hopeful because of Merton's beautiful relationship expressed in prayer. He was a special one among us...and taught us so much about trust. Rest in peace, Thomas Merton, and shine forever!
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Simple, but true: "The more you squeeze, the less you have." --THOMAS MERTON
THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE BHAGAVAD GITA THOMAS MERTON   The word Gita means "Song." Just as in the Bible the Song of Solomon has traditionally been known as "The Song of Songs" because it was interprete
"Praying is first and foremost listening to Jesus who dwells in the very depths of your heart. He doesn't shout. He doesn't thrust Himself upon you. His voice is an unassuming voice, very nearly a whisper, the voice of a gentle love. You need to set aside ten minutes every day to quietly and actively listen to God. Ten minutes each day for Jesus alone can bring about a radical change in your life." - Henri J. M. Nouwen, Letters to Marc about Jesus. Reprinted in, God with Us - An Advent Journey with Thomas Merton, Mother Teresa & Henri Nouwen Give God a "Christmas gift" of ten minutes of your time every day in silent prayer. This small gift to God will transform your life in a big way!
I am glad to see that Time Magazine has selected Francis as person of the year, and glad that he has refocused the Church toward the ideals of social justice that have long attracted me to the Catholic tradition and that have been exemplified in the past by Pope Leo XIII, Cardinal James Gibbons, Supreme Court Justice Frank Murphy, Willi Graf, Thomas Merton, Pope John XXIII, Dorothy Day, Cesar Chavez, Robert Kennedy, Sister Donna Quinn of the Sinsinawa Domincans, and Sister Simone Campbell.
Okay, due to peer pressure, here are 10 influential books in my life — books that specifically influenced the writing of my own four novels — with apologies to the stacks of books I will soon remember and wish I had included: 1. Watership Down, by Richard Adams 2. Walking on Water, by Madeleine L'Engle 3. The Hobbit / The Lord of the Rings, by JRR Tolkien 4. Orthodoxy, by GK Chesterton 5. My Name is Asher Lev, by Chaim Potok 6. Momo, by Michael Ende 7. Delicate Machinery Suspended, by Anne M. Doe Overstreet 8. Silence, Shusaku Endo 9. The End of Suffering, by Scott Cairns 10. Winter's Tale, by Mark Helprin And already I'm wincing for failing to include novels by Kate DiCamillo, Mervyn Peake, Joseph Conrad, Norman Maclean, Umberto Eco, Fyodor Dostoyevsky; books on faith and art by Eugene Peterson, Thomas Merton, and the Chrysostom Society; books of poetry by Scott Cairns and Jane Hirshfield... and more. So many more.
Thomas Merton, poet, social activist, and student of comparative religion, died on this day in 1968.
What do you get when you cross Thomas Merton with Karl Barth? An Anglican. Today we commemorate both the great 20th century Roman Catholic monk and the great 20th century Reformed theologian. To this Anglican it seems meet and right so to do.
“Liturgically speaking, you could hardly find a better time to become a monk than Advent.” - Thomas Merton
"The present is our right place, and we can lay hands on whatever it offers us.". - Thomas Merton
Advertising treats all products with the reverence and the seriousness due to sacraments, - Thomas Merton
"Life is not a problem to be solved, but a mystery to be lived." -Thomas Merton
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Every Religion Matters Thomas Merton wrote Christian -Buddhist interfaith books of ' Mystics and Zen Masters' and 'Zen and Birds of Appetite' to reveal to the Western readers or society that Buddhism, Hinduism and Islam can be reconciled and mutually corroborated with esoteric dimension of progressive Christianity. The arising of the Movement of Progressive Christianity in the last two or three decades was obviously influenced partially by Thomas Merton's liberal theology of Progressive Christianity that embraces religious pluralism that can be aligned with Eastern perennial wisdom of Buddhist Zen, Hindu Advaita Vedanta and Islamic Tasawwuf (Sufism). Western commenters on Thomas Merton's interfaith literature reflected the inner message of Thomas Merton that if the West were to continue to underestimate and to neglect the spiritual heritage of the East, it may well hasten the tragedy that threatens man and his civilization. The threat from religious imperialism and ignorance of religious plur ...
Only Love--which means humility--can exorcise the fear which is at the root of all war. ~ Thomas Merton
This is such a cool school and now the new home for Pumped!! (@ Bishop Marrocco/ Thomas Merton) [pic]:
"Others have no right to demand that I be anything else than what I ought to be in the sight of God." - Thomas Merton
Okay the instagram post with the quote from Thomas Merton... He's a Catholic priest, we all should have seen her being Christian coming lol
Thomas Merton - The architect of the American Religious Left -
"lived a gentleman of large fortune, whose name was Merton. Thomas Day"
5 of 5 stars to A Vow of Conversation by Thomas Merton
“Lord, it is nearly midnight and I am waiting for You in the darkness and the great silence.” - Thomas Merton
Listening now, wonderful... ' The Spiritual Life, is Life' Thomas Merton
The God of Peace is never glorified by human violence. - Thomas Merton
We are already ONE. We just think we are separate. --Thomas Merton
Solitude is a way to defend the spirit against the murderous din of our materialism. . ~ Thomas Merton
Fact: After observing a pre-fame Gary Cooper, a professor in theselves alone - we find it with another, - Thomas Merton
How does Thich Nhat Hanh buddhist ethos compare to Thomas Merton's christian ethos?
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I received the # 7 from Danielle Lowe. Here are seven things many may not know about me (in no particular order) : 1. I love DC comics and have a huge collection of action figures. 2. I have been following Bob Dylan since I was 7(Next year will mark our 50th anniversary together). 3. I played tennis professionally. 4. My top 5 spiritual influences are Thomas Merton, Dorothy Day, Brennan Manning, Patti Smith, and St. Francis. 5. I have been reading voraciously since the age of four. 6. I am an introvert who has battled depression most of my life. 7. Next to my recovery program, Lisa is the best gift God ever gave me. Bonus Cut: I am still grieving the death of Lou Reed.
Went to a bargain sale for the Fort Worth Library. $5 for as many books as you can take with you. I found a few gems that were worth the trip. Jesus Loves Me by Calvin Miller, Waking The Dead by John Eldridge, Called Out of Darkness: a spiritual confession by Anne Rice, The Hero With a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell, and The Nonviolent Alternative by Thomas Merton.
So looking around this apartment thinking this guy must be a writer. He had a Thomas Merton book. There's also a stack of zine art things in the corner. All the same production. I ask Lee what his name is, turns out he did the text. I then look him up on the internet. Turns out he co-wrote Basquiat with Julian Schnabel.
On "Speaking of Faith" Paul Elie discusses the writings of Dorothy Day, Flannery O'Connor, and Thomas Merton:
Thomas Merton. A source of inspiration for me when I was 16 years old, along with Simone Weil and Dorothy Day, Upton Sinclair and Dostoevsky, Marx and St. Joan of Arc, and Camus.
Check out Journeys of Simplicity: Traveling Light with Thomas Merton, Basho, Edward Abbey, Annie Dillard & Others ...
"I believe that the desire to please God does in fact please Him." ~Thomas Merton
Take more time, cover less ground. Thomas Merton
going to start re-reading Thoughts in Solitude by Thomas Merton.
“Thomas Merton Prayer, one of my favorite prayers🙏💕
The Inner Experience: Notes on Contemplation: Now in paperback, revised and redesigned: This is Thomas Merton'...
but only His child redeemed By Christ. Thomas Merton
Thomas Merton Prayer, one of my favorite prayers🙏💕
we spend our lives climbing the ladder of success only to find once at the top, the ladder is leaning against the wrong wall. Thomas Merton
The tighter you squeeze, the less you have, - Thomas Merton http:bit,ly16bYRuu om the television show The Simpsons
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New koan of UPAP:. “What saw Thomas Merton in his prayer to say: ‘Where is silence? Where is solitude? Where is love?‘ ?“
For God is everywhere. His truth and His love pervade all things as the light and the heat of the sun pervade our atmo…
"Our happiness consists in sharing the happiness of God." Thomas Merton
Where there is presence, there is God. Thomas Merton
"I have a very simple way of prayer...it is not thinking about anything but a direct seeing of the face of the invisible.…
"Prayer is an expression of who we are: a living incompleteness. We are a gap, an emptiness that calls for fulfillment." -Tho…
Prayer is inspired by God in the depth of our own nothingness. Thomas Merton
Prayer and love are really learned in the hour when prayer becomes impossible and your heart turns to stone. Thomas Me…
Prayer takes practice as Thomas Merton put it, "If you want a life of prayer, the way to get it is by …
“All creation teaches us some way of prayer.” Thomas Merton
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