Thomas Merton On The Ultimate Meaning Of Life

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In which direction are we heading? Which path will finally lead us home? Why are we even here?For most of us, the answers to these questions just might hold the key which can unlock the purpose, the very end goal, of our lives.And - perhaps - confirm the authenticity of our faith.Now, if we were put here for a specific purpose, it makes sense that we would want to know whether our movements, our everyday actions, will help get us there.Or whether we are, in reality, being led ast … [Read more...]

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Wisdom, Illumination, And The Road Yet Ahead

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It Is Better To Illuminate Than Merely To Shine - Thomas AquinasTime and distance from my youthCoerce my attention,Ever less subtly,To the receding hours yet ahead.More time takenFrom there to here,Than left remainingFrom here to there.Movements slowing,Memories fading,So pausing, now,More oftenTo breathe, to think,To live, to love.Mindful that wisdom,Never spontaneous,Appears not just with the passage,But with a skeptical … [Read more...]

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The Three Keys To Happiness

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How is it they live in such harmony the billions of stars - when most men can barely go a minute without declaring war in their minds about someone they know? - Thomas AquinasAquinas was on to something. In pursuit of our daily goals - even very good, very worthwhile ones - we quickly fill our minds with grievances, with hurts, with bitterness. We are always seeking an advantage here, a leg up there. Whether at the workplace, in the home, or in our personal relationships, we tend to … [Read more...]

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5 More From Merton: Listen For The Silence, Stand Within The Space

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Silence need not render us voiceless.Isolation need not stir us to loneliness.Time spent in retreat can be wielded as if a saber, parrying against the the ravages and blows absorbed with every step.Sometimes, we can only move forward after we've first gotten lost in that stillness.And sometimes, the space between the noise cries out to us the loudest.Take some time this day to listen.Listen for the silence.Then stand within that space.For often, it is only within … [Read more...]

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Thomas Merton: Concentrate On The Value, The Rightness, And The Truth

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We start off with good intentions.Whether it's our resolutions for better health in the New Year, our continuing struggles for a better family life, our setting of goals to become more disciplined and productive at work, or even our simple and genuine recommitment to our faith - worthwhile goals, all - the needs are real, the desire for improvement sincere.Yet some small thing in our path almost always seems to trip us up along the way.We stumble. We grumble. We retreat.And it fee … [Read more...]

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Double Helix

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A Celebration Of Time  Thirty years? Impossible.But neither the calendar nor the bonesBelie the passage.Relentless are the transitions,The wounds, the delights,The ebb and flow.One first walks ahead,But later lags behind.Then, in measured steps,We meet up again,And yet again, once more.Hands to heart, heart to hands.A fall swiftly bids the other'sArms, unflinching,To snatch us back up,And carry, and hold.Too busy looking … [Read more...]

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They Are Us, We Are Them

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Remembering, Today, Our Obligations To The Least of These. We Are Called To Be His Ears, Voice, Hands, And Feet. Prayer For The Poor And Needy You came to give honor to the least, those forgotten, overlooked and misjudged. You came to give first place to the last, those left behind, misunderstood and undervalued. You came to give a warm welcome to the lost, those who are orphaned, abandoned and destitute. Help us to be your ears to listen to their cries. Help us to be your voice sp … [Read more...]

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Second Chances

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We Make Mistakes Along The Way. But Until That Final Breath, There Will Always Be . . . Second Chances. Cries in the night,You sought my comfort and reassurance.Sleeping lightly in those days,I found my way to you quickly.You didn't seem to mind my voice when I sang to you,Always off-key.And you'd slowly fall back to sleep;The soft, slow rising of your chestSignaling peacefulness, and my time to leave.As you grew, as I got older, things distracted m … [Read more...]

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What If You Knew?

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Sometimes We Have to Step Outside Of Ourselves To See OthersYou don't know me.We've never met.But what if you did know me?What if you knew thatI am not shielded from pain?Or that I have a voiceThat you can't yet hear?Would you feel any differently?Did you know that I can hear you?And that my thoughts are mine?Thoughts which dispatch awkward movements, yes.But even so, movements which incessantly probeThe harmony of my own mind, my own spirit, … [Read more...]

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Enter, And Be At Peace.

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We are always free to choose.We can engage this world by leading with our anxieties, frustrations, fears, and despair, our hearts and our minds turned ever inward.Or we can work to empty ourselves, surrendering fully into that presence, that love, that envelops, bears down upon, and transforms our heavy burdens into freedom and light.So take this yoke upon you and find rest. Do not look forward to the changes and chances of this life with fear.Rather, look to them with full … [Read more...]

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