By Thomas Merton
A 365 day-by-day with inspirational and provocative choices from the journals of Thomas Merton mixed with drawings and pictures by means of Merton.
This quantity of day-by-day thought from Thomas Merton attracts from Merton's journals and papers to offer, on a daily basis, a seasonally acceptable and thought-provoking perception or observation.
Each month will commence with certainly one of Merton's pleasant pen-and-ink drawings or one in all his dependent black-and-white photographs.
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For the moment, it consists of prayer— thought—study, and above all care to form the South American postulants as He brings them to Gethsemani. 159–60 12 j a n ua r y 1 3 Unlearning All Tension in Solitude There is one thing I must do here at my woodshed hermitage, Saint Anne’s (and may I one day live here and do it all day long), and that is to prepare for my death. But that means a preparation in gentleness. A gentleness, a silence, a humility that I have never had before—which seems impossible in the community, where even my compassion is tinged with force and strain.
And then to re-enter solitude again and dwell in silence. Woke up to ﬁnd the night ﬁlled with the depth and silence of snow. Stayed up here in the hermitage for supper last night, but having cooked soup and cut up a pear and a banana for dessert, and made toast, ﬁnally came to the conclusion that it was all too elaborate. If there were no better reason for fasting, the mere fact of saving time would be a good enough reason. , etc. Taking only coffee for breakfast makes a lot of sense, because I can read quietly and sip my two mugs of coffee at leisure, and it really sufﬁces for the morning.
The beautiful silence of the woods on every side! Frater Tarcisius looked about with such reverence that you would have thought he was seeing angels. Later we separated to pray apart in the thinned pine grove on the southeastern hillside. There is no one else, nothing else. He is all there is to ﬁnd there. Everything is in Him. And what could be more pleasing to Him than that we should leave all things and all company to be with Him and think only of Him and know Him alone, in order to give Him our love?