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
Patients being treated in a medical tent in Hiroshima on Aug. 9. Credit... Yotsugi Kawahara, courtesy Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum “Ameri...