Thomas Merton

Hi, Friends,

I’ve been slowing down and practicing aparigraha to the best of my ability.  Every moment can be challenging!  I want to share with you one of my favorite quotes.  Let’s use it as food for the Advent journey.

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“One who is content with what he has and who accepts the fact that he inevitably misses very much in life is far better off than the one who has much more but who worries about all he might be missing.  For we cannot make the best of what we are if our heart are always divided between what we are and what we are not. 

We cannot be happy if we expect to live all the time at the highest peak of intensity.  Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance and order and rhythm and harmony.  Let us therefore learn to pass from one imperfect activity to another without worrying too much about what we are missing.”

~ Thomas Merton

 

A Morning Resolve

I will try this day to live a simple, sincere, and serene life,
repelling promptly every thought of discontent, anxiety,
discouragement, impurity, and self-seeking; cultivating
cheerfulness, magnanimity, charity, and the habit of holy
silence; exercising economy in expenditure, generosity in
giving, carefulness in conversation, diligence in appointed
service, fidelity to every trust, and a childlike faith in God.
In particular I will try to be faithful in those habits of
prayer, work, study, physical exercise, eating, and sleep which
I believe the Holy Spirit has shown me to be right.
And as I cannot in my own strength do this, nor even
with a hope of success attempt it, I look to thee, O Lord
God my Father, in Jesus my Savior, and ask for the gift of
the Holy Spirit.

*Reprinted from Forward Day by Day (prayers.forwardmovement.org)

Just Weight

The balances are delicate;
striking and tipping and
striking and falling
in deep enough to keep waiting,
living for the moments
we are each other’s counter weight,
each other’s perch,
each other’s harmony
and song of songs
when devotion sings
and selflessness outweighs pride,
humility offsets righteousness
and we sync ourselves to
the striking balance of delight,
the just weights of sacrifice.