Monday, December 31, 2018

the darkness is enough

Photograph: During Christmas services in the Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem, Palestine, by the American Colony Jerusalem Photo Department, between 1934 and 1939.


“Your brightness is my darkness.
I know nothing of You and, by myself,
I cannot even imagine how to go about knowing You.
If I imagine You, I am mistaken.
If I understand You, I am deluded.
If I am conscious and certain I know You, I am crazy.
The darkness is enough.”
—Thomas Merton, prayer before midnight mass at Christmas, 1941.

2 comments:

  1. darkness *

    your
    darkness
    as a flower
    blooms _

    across the years
    and
    days of noon _

    flowers
    of the nights array
    eclipse
    the brightness
    of the
    day _

    happy blessings --------------

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