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

By Thomas Merton

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

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

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For that silence is true life and, even though your body moves around (as mine did vigorously, being cold), your soul stays in the same place, resting in its life Who is God, now in winter just as it did before in summer, without any apparent difference, as if nothing had changed at all, and the passage of seasons had only been an illusion. For the first time since the beginning of December, I went out to work to let some fresh air into my stuffy head and let a few phantasms fly away into the trees.

Although his xxxii autobiography, The Seven Storey Mountain, would not make its epiphany until seven years later, in 1948, Merton had all along been cultivating the rich and tangled roots of his experiences toward God by writing about them. At sixteen Merton was writing personal journals. He had a gift for autobiography as he possessed a phenomenal visual memory. Years after the fact, for instance, he could describe all the landmarks in sequence and detail that had dotted the route of his daily bus ride from his aunt Maude’s house to high school in England.

Solitude is not something you must hope for in the future. Rather, it is a deepening of the present, and unless you look for solitude in the present, you will never find it. 391–92 9 j a n ua r y 1 0 God Is the Room I Rest In God’s love takes care of everything I do. He guides me in all my work and in my reading, at least until I get greedy and start rushing from page to page. 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.

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