Thursday, January 29, 2009
More Merton from me......
"The most important, the most real, and lasting work of the Christian is accomplished in the depths of his own soul. It cannot be seen by anyone, even by himself. It is known only to God."
This text was taken from Thomas Merton - A Book of Hours - a Collect on page 54. It is very comforting for me to read these words and to ponder not only what they mean to me, as a Christian, but what they might mean to persons of other faiths and to even those who profess they have no faith or God.
My thought - even if one has no faith - no faith, perhaps - no soul, no way! Oh yeah, I believe we are all created with a soul, like it or not. So with the liberty of the computer and your reading eyes, I might rewrite the beautiful Collect above with only a slight revision -
"The most important, the most real, and lasting work of the human being is accomplished in the depths of his own soul. It cannot be seen by anyone, even by himself - therefore it cannot or may not be denied. It is known only to God and God watches over the soul of even those who would deny him, or profess another god."
I am grateful for writers such as Kathleen Deignan whose vision of compiling Merton's wondrous writings into user-friendly hours of prayer and contemplation have brought such depth to my daily worship. For all that is found to be written in our time in totally dark and negative terms, someone like Ms. Deignan has brought together Merton's words from the past and placed them freshly in our reach for the taking. Words for us to ponder, to pray, to turn over in our minds, to question, to pose - obviously, I highly recommend Mr. Merton and this lovely book Book of Hours.
Do you have favored books you're reading now that seem to have enriched, awakened, or just given you comfort recently? I'd love to hear the titles.
Photo - SS from personal handmade Book of Hours Journal