A Year with Thomas Merton: Daily Meditations from His by Thomas Merton

By Thomas Merton

A 365 day-by-day with inspirational and provocative choices from the journals of Thomas Merton mixed with drawings and pictures by means of Merton.

This quantity of day-by-day concept from Thomas Merton attracts from Merton's journals and papers to give, on a daily basis, a seasonally acceptable and thought-provoking perception or observation.
Each month will commence with considered one of Merton's pleasant pen-and-ink drawings or certainly one of his dependent black-and-white photographs.

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It seems to me that I have discovered a freedom that I never knew before in my life and with this freedom a recollection that is no impediment to moderate action. I have felt that the Spirit of God was upon me, and after dinner, walking along the road beyond the orchard by myself under a cobalt blue sky (in which the moon was already visible), I thought that, if I only turned my head a little, I would see a tremendous host of angels in silver armor advancing behind me through the sky, coming at last to sweep the whole world clean.

Who can tell? The morning was dark, with a harder bluer darkness than yesterday. The hills stood out stark and black, the pines were black over thin pale sheets of snow. A more interesting and tougher murkiness. Snowflakes began to blow when I went down to the monastery from the hermitage, but by 10:30 the sun was fairly out and it was rapidly getting colder. Evening—new moon—snow hard crackling and squealing under my rubber boots. The dark pines over the hermitage. The graceful black fans and branches of the tall oaks between my field and the monastery.

But that means a preparation in gentleness. A gentleness, a silence, a humility that I have never had before—which seems impossible in the community, where even my compassion is tinged with force and strain. But if I am called to solitude, it is, I think, to unlearn all tension, and get rid of the strain that has always falsified me in the presence of others and put harshness into the words of my mind. If I have needed solitude, it is because I have always so much needed the mercy of Christ and needed His humility and His charity.

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