drawing by Thomas Merton"The months have gone by, and You have given me peace, and I am beginning to see what it is all about. I am beginning to understand."You have called me to Gethsemani not to wear a label by which I can recognize myself and place myself in some kind of category. You do not want me to be thinking about what I am, but about what You are. Or rather, You do not even want me to be thinking about anything much: for You would raise me above the level of thought. If I am always trying to figure out what I am and where I am and why I am, how will that work be done?"I do not make a big drama of this business. I do not say: “You have asked me for everything, and I have renounced all.” I no longer desire to see anything that implies a distance between You and me. If I stand back and consider myself and You, as if something had passed between us, from me to You, I will inevitably see the gap between us and remember the distance between us."- Thomas Merton, The Seven Story Mountain, p. 421
Monday, July 30, 2012
above the level of thought
From Dorothy Day’s editorial in the Catholic Worker on the atomic bombing of Hiroshima on August 6, 1945.