J is for Joyous

Going barefoot is a joyous thing.

Thomas Merton, Seasons of Celebration

To give the quote context, here’s the whole paragraph from a chapter called Ash Wednesday:

In some monastic communities, monks go up to receive the ashes barefoot. Going barefoot is a joyous thing. It is good to feel the floor or the earth under your feet. It is good when the whole church is silent, filled with the hush of men walking without shoes. One wonders why we wear such things as shoes anyway. Prayer is so much more meaningful without them. It would be good to take them off in church all the time. But perhaps this might appear quixotic to those who have forgotten such very elementary satisfaction. Someone might catch cold at the mere thought of it — so let’s return to liturgy.


Who can resist a bare baby foot?

Summer is for bare feet

6 thoughts on “J is for Joyous

  1. Best, people would go back to the basics of religion, coming to worship the Only One True God.

    If it is barefooted or even naked, the prayer made to the Most High has to be sincere and from within the heart. Then the contact with the Divine Creator for sure can give joy.

    • I totally agree!

      Except for that time when my daughter was a toddler and walked through the broken-shell-iest part of the beach. I kept telling her to STOP, but she just kept walking, howling the whole time.

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