"Bells are meant to remind us that God alone is good, that we belong to Him, that we are not living for this world."They break in upon our cares in order to remind us that all things pass away and that our preoccupations are not important."They speak to us of our freedom, which responsibilities and transient cares make us forget."They are the voice of our alliance with the God of heaven."They tell us that we are His true temple. They call us to peace with Him within ourselves."- Thomas Merton, Thoughts in Solitude, 67
Thursday, January 1, 2009
Bell from the old Abbey Gatehouse,
photo by Harry L. Hinkle
This seems a very Merton way to ring in a new year:
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