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

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By Thomas Merton

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

This quantity of day-by-day suggestion from Thomas Merton attracts from Merton's journals and papers to provide, on a daily basis, a seasonally applicable and thought-provoking perception or observation.
Each month will commence with one in every of Merton's pleasant pen-and-ink drawings or one in all his dependent black-and-white photographs.

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Woke up to find the night filled with the depth and silence of snow. Stayed up here in the hermitage for supper last night, but having cooked soup and cut up a pear and a banana for dessert, and made toast, finally came to the conclusion that it was all too elaborate. If there were no better reason for fasting, the mere fact of saving time would be a good enough reason. , etc. Taking only coffee for breakfast makes a lot of sense, because I can read quietly and sip my two mugs of coffee at leisure, and it really suffices for the morning.

It is never the same. It is always in a totally new language. thomas merton ( Journals, may 1965) On December 10, 1941, Thomas Merton arrived at the Trappist Abbey of Our Lady of Gethsemani and began his well-documented twenty-seven-year journey toward becoming a monk. Days before his departure for Kentucky, Merton had written a letter dated December 6 to his best friend, Robert Lax. He wrote Lax to say that he was renouncing any future he might have had in New York in favor of discovering a better country and learning its new language.

There is absolutely no language to say the things that are to say about this except the language of love: but there He will teach me to use that language like a child and a saint. Until which I cannot talk about Him,Who is all I want to talk about. All people. All days, all times, all ages, all worlds, all mysteries, all miracles. . (The Road to Joy, New York, 1989, 163–64) These final paragraphs reveal a quality of Merton’s inner work as a monk and writer that would endure until his death.

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