Tag: Thomas Merton

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”

O is for Obligations

The monk does not exist for the sake of obligation; the obligation exists for the sake of the monk. Duties and obligations are merely the signposts which point out the road to some ultimate end in which our whole nature and its capacities are… Continue Reading “O is for Obligations”

N is for Needs

But do you imagine that if you become as prosperous as the United States you will no longer have needs? Here the needs are even greater. Full bellies have not brought peace and satisfaction but dementia, and in any case not all the bellies… Continue Reading “N is for Needs”

M is for Monk

A monk is a man who seeks God because he has been found by God. Thomas Merton, The Silent Life A monk is a man who has given up everything in order to possess everything. Thomas Merton, The Waters of Siloe Obviously I’m not… Continue Reading “M is for Monk”

L is for Labor

Labor is itself worship in a world which is sacramentalized by the presence of a creating and redeeming God. Thomas Merton, Bread in the Wilderness

K is for Known

God is not fully known when He is only “known” by the understanding. He is best known by us when He takes possession of our whole being and unites us to Himself. Thomas Merton, Bread in the Wilderness It is the “great mystery of… Continue Reading “K is for Known”

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.… Continue Reading “J is for Joyous”

I is for Incompleteness

The victory of humility is the acceptance of our own incompleteness, in order that He may make us complete in His own way. Thomas Merton, The Silent Life

H is for Hurry

Hurry ruins saints as well as artists. Thomas Merton, New Seeds of Contemplation