By Thomas Merton
Thomas Merton enjoyed lifestyles with the fervour of a romantic poet. on the age of twenty-six he selected to develop into a Trappist monk and commenced to pursue his final, lifelong ardour. From his austere quarters at Our girl of Gethsemani Abbey in Trappist, Kentucky, Merton labored to alter the area and to come back towards his God. The drawings and prayers during this quantity are the intimate, fantastically rendered checklist of that pursuit -- Merton's discussion with God. The prayers were collected from all of Merton's writings -- his books, journals, letters -- and are accumulated the following, together with his mostly unknown drawings, for the 1st time.
In his drawings we see the evolution of Merton's artwork from in basic terms representational to the extra summary, reflecting his curiosity in Zen andEastern cultures. you could see that artwork used to be in his genes; either one of his mom and dad have been artists. With each one prayer and in each brushstroke, we sensethe intensity of Merton's ardour as we pause and incline our ear to his voice supplying those heartfelt songs to God and to the realm. Dialogues with Silenceinvites the reader to go into into that sacred realm of contemplation the place we pay attention in silence and wait for the divine presence in our lives, the place vacancy turns into the juncture for the interchange among the outer and internal worlds, the place darkness is remodeled into gentle -- where the place the voice of God is revealed.
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The darkness is enough. Merton had learned early to keep vigil in silence with his heart’s eye on the horizon of the next moment. The next moment could reveal in light or in shadow the presence of the Beloved he awaited. He kept his mind’s eye open for the unexpected epiphany. Waiting without projecting his own needs into the next moment became a dark form of hope. In committing some of his personal prayers to writing, Merton’s gift to his readers was his honesty in communicating the darkness that was his rite of passage into God’s presence.
There is no water in the shales that was not hidden there by Your wisdom. There is no concealed spring that was not concealed by You. There is no glen for a lone house that was not planned by You for a lone house. There is no man for that acre of woods that was not made by You for that acre of woods. But there is a greater comfort in the substance of silence than in the answer to a question. Eternity is in the present. Eternity is in the palm of the hand. Eternity is a seed of fire whose sudden roots break barriers that keep my heart from being an abyss.
High up in the summer sky I watch the silent flight of a vulture, and the day goes by in prayer. This solitude confirms my call to solitude. The more I am in it, the more I love it. One day it will possess me entirely and no man will ever see me again. A Search for Solitude What I wear is pants. What I do is live. How I pray is breathe. Day of a Stranger Lord, when the clock strikes Telling the time with cold tin And I sit hooded in this lectern Waiting for the monks to come, I see the red cheeses, and bowls All smile with milk in ranks upon their tables.