“O Calm Christ, come into my heart and take out all useless fear and worry and let your calm and adequacy reign. For where you are, there is peace and power and poise. Where you are not, there is worry and disintegration. Come in, calm Christ; I consent. Amen.”
“Cease from struggling. Don’t try to do this yourself; let God do it. After having consented to surrender, you will be tempted to struggle and try instead of relax and trust and receive….For as long as you are trying, you are on the basis of yourself; but the moment you begin to trust, you are on the basis of Christ; he becomes the center, not you.”
Oddly enough, Thomas Merton’s words are the theme of “Wreck-It Ralph.”
“Finally I am coming to the conclusion that my highest ambition is to be what I already am. That I will never fulfill my obligation to surpass myself unless I first accept myself, and if I accept myself fully in the right way, I will already have surpassed myself.”
It’s hard to look at the pain and fear of so many children on display today. Maybe it reminds of us of a time when we were kids and were afraid and powerless. Maybe that’s why so many of us cling to our guns as adults.
Through speaking about their pain and their fear these children have found courage to stand and ask for change together. That’s not trying to trample on anyone’s rights but actually asking for help.
“To become like little children”….those infamous words so many hold dear are leading the way.
“Keeping busy at work, taking in the latest movies or concerts, keeping abreast of friendships, traveling, or dining in the best restaurants only takes the edge off the little cry that continually echoes at the center of our hearts. It is a painful cry that becomes louder when we are alone or when there is less activity. Because we don’t know what to do, we mostly choose to look busy, distract ourselves, and pretend that it is not there at all. But it does not go away, and it is a persistent cry for love and intimacy. Our little hearts are deeply lonely and we yearn for more than a life of entertainment and busyness.”