If I trust You, everything else will become, for me, strength, health, and support. Everything will bring me to heaven. If I do not trust You, everything will be my destruction. Thomas Merton Thoughts in Solitude
When it begins music plays and we sing songs of gathering, greeting.
This, then, is the family complete, assembled around the table ready for the thanksgiving feast.
Why can’t we just stay innocent, present?
We tell the stories of youth, laugh at self-folly, glad at last to tell the truth,
but soon we feel the pain of separation, of nails driven deep beneath our tender skin:
his heart breaks; cancer invades her beloved body and we can only stare at vacant crossings, bereft, alone,
until You speak. Believing beyond reason, we feel the bread, deep down, subsumed into our very guts, spreading unreasonable warmth and comfort and joy!
We cannot understand such power but without it our lives would cease.
….contemplation is simply the “experience” …. of God in a luminous darkness which is the perfection of faith illuminating our inmost self….. a flash of the lightning of divinity piercing the darkness of nothingness and sin. Not something general and abstract, but something, on the contrary, as concrete, particular, and “existential” as it can possibly be. It is the confrontation of man with his God… Thomas Merton, The Inner Experience: Notes on Contemplation
“People who know nothing of God and whose lives are centered on themselves . . . . can only conceive one way of becoming real: cutting themselves off from other people and building a barrier of contrast and distinction between themselves and other men. They do not know that reality is to be sought not in division but in unity, for we are ‘members one of another.“ - Thomas Merton, from New Seeds of Contemplation