Month: September 2016

Retracing Adam’s Journey

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“This falling into God through faith is our retracing of Adam’s journey, in which he fell out of faith by refusing to believe in God. Adam passed through the center of himself, placing himself between himself and God. He thus gained someone to grasp, to see, to control-someone he imagined himself to be. In reality this was but a shadow behind which he hid from God. Our faith is God’s gift. When it is accepted and lived, it dissolves the shadow of the false self.”

~ James Finley, Merton’s Palace of Nowhere

Painting by Émile Bernard (1868)

When We Surrender

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“Something amazing happens when we surrender and just love. We melt into another world, a realm of power already within us. The world changes when we change. the world softens when we soften. The world loves us when we choose to love the world.”

~ Marianne Williamson

Painting by Claude Monet (1873)

Merton’s Prayer For Silence

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Lady, Queen of Heaven,

pray me into solitude and silence and unity,
that all my ways may be immaculate in God.

Let me be content with whatever darkness surrounds me,
finding him always by me, in his mercy.

Let me keep silence in this world,
except in so far as God wills and in the way he wills it.

Let me at least disappear into the writing I do.
It should mean nothing special to me,
nor harm my recollection.
The work could be a prayer;
its results should not concern me.

Amen.

Prayer For Silence, by Thomas Merton

Painting by Alfred Sisley (1877)

Did I Offer Peace Today

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“Did I offer peace today? Did I bring a smile to someone’s face? Did I say words of healing? Did I let go of my anger and resentment? Did I forgive? Did I love? These are the real questions. I must trust that the little bit of love that I sow now will bear many fruits, here in this world and the life to come.”

~ Henri Nouwen

Painting by Gerald Harvey Jones

Place Beyond Words

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“When we are stunned to the place beyond words, when an aspect of life takes us away from being able to chip away at something until it’s down to a manageable size and then to file it nicely away, when all we can say in response is “Wow,” that’s a prayer.”

~ Anne Lamott, Help Wow Thanks

Painting by Wassily Kandinsky (1908)