Feb 25 Thomas Merton

Tuesday, February 25  — a companion in a quiet time

Quiet time, I learn pretty much every year on retreat, is not about an absence of conversation.  It is about refraining from hurrying and fretting.  More like breathing than like panting.  So here I find myself on Tuesday morning looking out an east-facing window down the ridge onto the tidal estuary Hammonasset River;  these days it looks cold, its marsh grasses making a counterpoint with lots of snow.  I am not sitting on the porch — too cold for that, but behind a sliding glass door that opens onto the porch.

Thomas Merton came to mind a half hour ago or so.  He makes good reading for me in times of stillness.   So I  browsed a website called “Thomas Merton Quotes”  (https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/1711.Thomas_Merton?page=3) and picked four.  The highlighted line at the end is my favorite.  For more about his life and his death on December 10, 1968,  see  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Merton.

Thinking of you in this quiet time.

john sj

Thomas Merton quotes:

“But there is greater comfort in the substance of silence than in the answer to a question.”
― Thomas Merton

“The beginning of love is the will to let those we love be perfectly themselves, the resolution not to twist them to fit our own image.”
― Thomas MertonThe Way of Chuang Tzu

“Music is pleasing not only because of the sound but because of the silence that is in it: without the alternation of sound and silence there would be no rhythm.”
― Thomas MertonNo Man Is an Island

“We do not want to be beginners [at prayer]. but let us be convinced of the fact that we will never be anything but beginners, all our life!”
― Thomas Merton

“There is no way of telling strangers they are all walking around shining like the sun.”

Thomas Merton

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