Quote for the Day

No writing on the solitary, meditative dimensions of life can say anything that has not already been said better by the wind in the pine trees. These pages seek nothing more than to echo the silence and peace that is “heard” when the rain wanders freely among the hills and forests. But what can the wind say when there is no hearer? There is then a deeper silence: the silence in which the Hearer is No-Hearer. That deeper silence must be heard before one can speak truly of solitude.

— Thomas Merton, from the preface to the Japanese Edition of
Thoughts in Solitude
, excerpted in Echoing Silence:
Thomas Merton on the Vocation of Writing
edited by Robert Inchausti

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About Carl McColman

Author of Befriending Silence, The Big Book of Christian Mysticism, Answering the Contemplative Call, and other books. Retreat leader. Speaker. Professed Lay Cistercian.

  • http://www.passerine.net/ narziss

    absolutely fabulous, this…

  • http://www.katgrafix.com katrinasmall

    Thank you for posting Thomas Merton.
    Taken from the title of yor blog, the first book I read to awaken my spirit back in 1971 was “The Cloud of Unknowing”. I would like to revisit it, now that it has been brought back to mind.