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Quote of the Day

From Opening the Bible by Thomas Merton:

There is, in a word, nothing comfortable about the Bible–until we manage to get so used to it that we make it comfortable for ourselves.  But then we are perhaps too used to it and too at home in it.  Let us not be too sure we know the Bible . . . just because we have learned not to have problems with it.  Have we perhaps learned . . . not to really pay attention to it?  Have we ceased to question the book and be questioned by it?

With Christ in the School of Prayer

. . . our daily life in the world is made the test of our intercourse with God in prayer. . . . My drawing nigh to God is of one piece with my intercourse with men and earth: failure here will cause failure there.

. . . In our life with men the one thing on which everything depends is love.  The spirit of forgiveness is the spirit of love.  Because God is love, He forgives: it is only when we are dwelling in love that we can forgive as God forgives. [With Christ in the School of Prayer by Andrew Murray]


Prayer, as the distilled awareness of our whole life before God, is meant to lead us to a radical transformation of consciousness in which all of life becomes a symbol.  All of life is seen as God sees it.  All of life is seen simply as it is.

Prayer is the fertile soil in which the insight into our true self in God takes root and grows.  As our true awareness grows, as we see through the eyes of the Person we are, we see with a new vision.  We see the Presence of God in all that is.  Each thing becomes a symbol of communion with God just by being the thing it is.  [Merton’s Place of Nowhere by James Finley]

life is a balancing act

Life is indeed a balancing act – but how marvelous that we can juggle several things at once!  Noticing the activities of my grandchildren, I realize that maintaining a Sense of Balance starts early.  Although when I was young and dealing with studies and a social life and  Learning about Life, I didn’t really think of it as juggling: I just did it.  The same holds true when I was a young wife and mother – working and mothering and maintaining a relationship with my husband and with friends: it did not seem a hardship (that is not to say that there was no stress – but we can handle stress). 

Now, past mid-life, I am still making choices and juggling and balancing – and I find it invigorating and wouldn’t live  any other way.  In other words: no regrets through each stage of my life – from the First Act until now.

A balancing act essentially is Maintaining Balance – which at times may be challenging – but I’ve found it to be ultimately rewarding and am so grateful for each and every moment.

I’m especially grateful for the folks I’ve met along the way as I deal with Balance.  Hubby and I often comment about the dear friends we have  since Time Immemorial and friends from each walk of life, each place we have lived, each organization or group in which we participated, each new contact . . . .

Life is rich.  Life is good.

Now, in my dotage, it is truly invigorating to be testing the waters via the internet: Facebooking, blogging, electronic mailing, googling.  It is amazing how one can connect with friends – old friends, new friends – and immediately learn what is going on in the world, find a recipe, learn about particular interests (books most especially comes to mind!), venture out – balancing all the way!

AND, if I now and then drop something, life continues on (as a friend commented recently, the earth doesn’t stop spinning on its axis).

“Happiness is not a matter of intensity, but of balance and order and rhythm and harmony.”
Thomas Merton