By Thomas Merton
A 365 day-by-day with inspirational and provocative choices from the journals of Thomas Merton mixed with drawings and images by means of Merton.
This quantity of day-by-day notion from Thomas Merton attracts from Merton's journals and papers to provide, every day, a seasonally acceptable and thought-provoking perception or observation.
Each month will commence with one in every of Merton's pleasant pen-and-ink drawings or certainly one of his dependent black-and-white photographs.
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The grace of this gaze of Christ upon my heart transﬁgured this day like a miracle. 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.
It is really illogical that I should get temptations to run off to another monastery and to another Order of monks. There is always a chance to step over the line and enter into simple and contemplative union with God. I get plenty of time alone before the Blessed Sacrament. I have gotten into the habit of walking up and down under the trees, or along the way of the cemetery, in the presence of God. And yet I am such a fool that I can consent to imagine that in some other situation I would quickly advance to a high degree of prayer.
There are various ways of being happy. Why do we drive ourselves on with illusory demands? Happy only when we conform to something that is said to be a legitimate happiness? An approved happiness? God gives us the freedom to create our own lives, according to His will, that is to say in the circumstances in which He has placed us. This, at least, is what I do. I am a happy person, and God has given me happiness, but I am guilty about it—as if being happy were not quite allowed, as if everybody didn’t have it within reach somehow or other—and as if I had to justify God Himself by being zealous for something I do not and cannot have—because I am not happy in the same way as Pericles—or Khrushchev.
A Year with Thomas Merton: Daily Meditations from His Journals by Thomas Merton