Thursday, March 1, 2012
To Be Still
Friday of the First Week of Lent
The real purpose of meditation is this: to teach man how to work himself free of created things and temporal concerns, in which he finds only confusion and sorrow, and enter into a conscious and loving contact with God...
Thomas Merton Thoughts in Solitude
Snow slanting from the north all day. A constancy like the Lord’s calling, filling the fields of my distractions, muffling my rebellious nature crying out for help and guidance; for a solitude that bears the richest dimension of detachment. To pray, so in praying to learn to pray, to be in the atmosphere of God; of love: like the clouds mingling with the earth, speaking softly to one another as lovers, as a dance; like the sky in a hurry to be still, smoothing the roughness of the earth in her pale arm.