Dialogues with Silence: Prayers and Drawings by Thomas Merton

By Thomas Merton

Thomas Merton enjoyed lifestyles with the fervour of a romantic poet. on the age of twenty-six he selected to develop into a Trappist monk and started to pursue his final, lifelong ardour. From his austere quarters at Our girl of Gethsemani Abbey in Trappist, Kentucky, Merton labored to alter the realm and to return towards his God. The drawings and prayers during this quantity are the intimate, superbly rendered list of that pursuit -- Merton's discussion with God. The prayers were amassed from all of Merton's writings -- his books, journals, letters -- and are accumulated the following, with his mostly unknown drawings, for the 1st time.

In his drawings we see the evolution of Merton's artwork from in basic terms representational to the extra summary, reflecting his curiosity in Zen andEastern cultures. you will see that artwork used to be in his genes; either one of his mom and dad have been artists. With each one prayer and in each brushstroke, we sensethe intensity of Merton's ardour as we pause and incline our ear to his voice delivering those heartfelt songs to God and to the area. Dialogues with Silenceinvites the reader to go into into that sacred realm of contemplation the place we hear in silence and watch for the divine presence in our lives, the place vacancy turns into the juncture for the interchange among the outer and internal worlds, the place darkness is reworked into mild -- where the place the voice of God is revealed.

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Teach me to see what it means that I am saved by Your Church. Teach me how, as a priest, I am to bring others to the knowledge of You and of the Kingdom and to salvation. Teach me to live in You with care for the purity of faith, with the zeal of true hope, and with true and objective charity for my brothers, for the glory of the Father, Amen. God, have mercy on me in the blindness in which I hope I am seeking You! My Lord, You have heard the cry of my heart because it was You Who cried out within my heart.

Only save me from myself. Save me from my own, private, poisonous urge to change everything, to act without reason, to move for movement’s sake, to unsettle everything that You have ordained. Let me rest in Your will and be silent. Then the light of Your joy will warm my life. Its fire will burn in my heart and shine for Your glory. This is what I live for. Amen, amen. Bring me with joy, God, across Thy Jordan. I am sorry I forget my desires and burn with other desires to complete my work, to get books distributed to people.

I do not necessarily ask for clarity, a plain way, but only to go according to Your love, to follow Your mercy, to trust in Your mercy. A Prayer to God My Father on the Vigil of Pentecost Today, Father, this blue sky praises You. The delicate green and orange flowers of the tulip poplar praise You. The distant blue hills praise You together with the sweet smelling air that is full of brilliant light. The bickering flycatchers praise You with the lowing cattle and the quails that whistle over there.

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