What a blind monk sees

Words of wisdom — and words I needed, especially, today…

“The closer one brings oneself to God, the happier one is. The faster one hurries to meet him. One should have no fear of death. On the contrary! For us, it is a great joy to find a Father once again. … The past, the present, these are human. In God there is no past. Solely the present prevails. And when God sees us, he always sees our entire life. And because He is an infinitely good being, He eternally seeks our well-being. Therefore, there is no cause for worry in any of the things which happen to us. I often thank God that he let me be blinded. I am sure that he let this happen for the good of my soul… It is a pity that the world has lost all sense of God. It is a pity…They have no reason to live anymore. When you abolish the thought of God, why should you go on living on this earth? … One must (never) part from the principle that God is infinitely good, and that all of his actions are in our best interest. Because of this a Christian should always be happy, never unhappy. Because everything that happens is God’s will, and it only happens for the well-being of our soul. Well, this is the most important. God is infinitely good, almighty, and he helps us. This is all one must to, and then one is happy.”

– “Into Great Silence,” quoted here.

If you haven’t seen this gorgeous film, find it and see it.


  1. Beautiful – simply beautiful. Thank you. The film is amazing.

  2. I saw it at Film Forum in Greenwich Village when it came to NY several years ago…it was an extraordinary experience. The diverse audience was like the most reverent congregation at a solemn mass.

    This is an exquisite film…like a thousand still-life paintings and portraits of holiness.

    If you watch it on DVD, try to create a quiet and distraction fee environment in order to enter into “the great silence”.

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