Monthly Archive: December 2008

Merton Monday 37

  [one must] choose life, and the things that favor life. This means respect for every living thing, but especially for every man, made in the image of God. Respect for man even in his blindness and in his confusion, even when he may do evil....

Christmas Wishes

An extract from my annual holiday letter to family and friends… While I type this letter, I am reminded that the Christmas season brings with it imagery of love’s simplicity, of humility, and of peace on Earth. Hanging on the wall beside my computer is a...

Merton Monday 36

  The Truth man needs is not a philosopher’s abstraction, but God Himself. The paradox of contemplation is that God is never really known unless He is also loved. And we cannot love Him unless we do His will. This explains why modern man, who knows...

Merton Monday 35

  We must know the truth, and we must love the truth we know, and we must act according to the measure of our love. — The Ascent to Truth, prologue

Merton Monday 34

With the last two Merton Mondays, I left seven or eight months of New Seeds at a pretty good place. I now need to decide from which book I should start taking the next Merton Monday series. In the meantime, here are a few little thoughts...

Sad Little Discussions…

I understand this is part of being human, and therefore not really sad, but usually I wish I was beyond such things. I offer it as an example of the human creature. Submitted for your approval, in the twilight zone. A recent discussion, entirely within my...

Merton Monday 33

And now for the second part of last week’s Merton Monday: Yet we must not deal in too negative a fashion even with the “external self.” This self is not by nature evil, and the fact that it is unsubstantial is not to be imputed to...