Tag: atozchallenge

Z is for Zen

Where there is carrion lying, meat-eating birds circle and descend. Life and death are two. The living attack the dead to their own profit. The dead lose nothing by it. They gain too, by being disposed of. Or they seem to, if you must… Continue Reading “Z is for Zen”

Y is for Yahweh

Yahweh glorifies His Name by refusing to let it be a quasi-magical means subservient to man’s will. Thomas Merton, Seasons of Celebration I don’t have a picture of Yahweh, but I do think the moon is quasi-magical.

X is for eXactly

The monastic body is held together not by human admirations and enthusiasms which make men heroes and saints before their time but on the sober truth which accepts men exactly as they are in order to help them become what they ought to be.… Continue Reading “X is for eXactly”

W is for Worship

Is Christian worship to be communion in correctness or communion in love? Thomas Merton, Seasons of Celebration Art work created in community at a conference called Hutchmoot (2016). There, people from many different Christian faith traditions worship in love. It’s a beautiful thing. Sometimes… Continue Reading “W is for Worship”

V is for Value

We are so obsessed with doing that we have no time and no imagination left for being. As a result, men are valued not for what they are but for what they do or what they have – for their usefulness. Thomas Merton, Conjectures… Continue Reading “V is for Value”

U is for Utter

God utters me like a word containing a partial thought of Himself. Thomas Merton, New Seeds of Contemplation To say that I am made in the image of God is to say that love is the reason for my existence, for God is love.… Continue Reading “U is for Utter”

T is for True

Therefore, if you spend your life trying to escape from the heat of the fire that is meant to soften and prepare to become your true self… you will be destroyed by the event that was meant to be your fulfillment. Thomas Merton, New… Continue Reading “T is for True”

R is for Revelation

The language of revelation is mysterious, not in order that its meaning may be concealed from us, but in order that we may be moved to seek it with a more fervent love. Thomas Merton, Bread in the Wilderness There is great joy in… Continue Reading “R is for Revelation”

Q is for Questions

A monk ought not to inquire how this one acts or how that one lives. Questions like this take us away from prayer and draw us on to backbiting and chatter. There is nothing better than to keep silent. Thomas Merton, Wisdom of the… Continue Reading “Q is for Questions”

P is for Possibilities

You do not need to know precisely what is happening or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment and to embrace them with courage, faith, and hope. Thomas Merton, Conjectures… Continue Reading “P is for Possibilities”