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Thomas Merton on the violence of busyness

The rush and pressure of modern life are a form, perhaps the most common form, of its innate violence. To allow oneself to be carried away by a multitude of conflicting concerns, to surrender to too many demands, to commit oneself to too many projects, to want to help everyone in everything is to succumb to violence.

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Thoughts On Living Well

THOMAS MERTON: (from) The Seven Storey Mountain

When we went back to New York, in the middle of August, the world that I had helped to make was finally preparing to break the shell and put forth its evil head and devour another generation of men. 4,412 more words


Mother of Many in Times of Challenge

Julian of Norwich, born in 1342, is considered to be one of the most important Christian (or any tradition) mystics and spiritual mothers.

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Sense in the Senseless

I’ve been reading again. Thomas Merton this time. And this passage caught my imagination:

[W]e are even called to share with God the work of creating the truth of our identity.

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Mental Health

Who is my neighbour?

The contemplative/mystical experience does not vary from age to age nor from culture to culture. What changes is the language and imagery people in widely differing cultures use to try and describe something that is essentially beyond words. 654 more words


A Calling

“Our vocation is not simply to be, but to work together with God in the creation of our own life, our own identity, our own destiny….To work out our identity in God.”

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