Sunday, September 7, 2008

something to contemplate

If it has become difficult to hear a heartbeat over the din of your own life, then get thee to the writings of Thomas Merton (1915-1968).  Trappist monk, poet, thinker, artist, activist and author of more than 60 books, Merton spent much of his life at the Abbey of our Lady of Gethsemani in Kentucky.  From inside this peaceful monastery, he fought for social justice through his powerful writing about race relations, violence, economic injustice and nuclear proliferation. Something I've taken from Merton is that peace, and problem solving for the violence of our times, begins deep within each of us.  If only we can quiet down enough to listen.  

1 comment:

catheine fortin said...

Whoa. Profound. Thomas Merton is a great person to visualize each day. If he could do all of that from Kentucky, we can do it anywhere.