“Souls are like athletes, that need opponents worthy of them, if they are to be tried and extended and pushed to the full use of their powers, and rewarded to their capacity.” — Thomas Merton, Seven Storey Mountain
With conspiracy theories figuratively to the left of me… and the right of me… with apologies to Tennyson… this passage of Scripture reminds me of the focus:
Almost every year I pull out Seven Storey Mountain (the autobiography of Thomas Merton) and read it. It’s one of the few books I have read multiple times. I have a fresh (used) copy so I can try to read with fresh eyes instead of floating to my markings and skimming too much. This firstContinue reading “The deep hunger in our souls”
“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
“The logic of worldly success rests on a fallacy: the strange error that our perfection depends on the thoughts and opinions and applause of other men! A weird life it is, indeed, to be living always in somebody else’s imagination, as if that were the only place in which one could at last become real!” —Continue reading “The fallacy of “success””
“Whoever you are, the land to which God has brought you is not like the land of Egypt from which you came out. You can no longer live there. Your old life and your former ways are crucified now, and you must not seek to live any more for your own gratification, but give up yourContinue reading “Take up the high calling”
I am making another trek through Thomas Merton’s autobiography, The Seven Storey Mountain. As he came to faith in the Catholic Church, he made an observation about the need for discipleship in his own life.
Challenging thoughts from Thomas Merton on “hating war.”
But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you.
A faith that is afraid of other people is not faith at all. — Thomas Merton (@MertonDaily) June 3, 2016