Naturally Light


“As we work to create light for others, we naturally light our own way.”

Mary Anne Radmacher

Painting by Claude Monet


What Faith Means


“Like “a man in the divided sea” we walk on, leaving far behind us the shore of certitude. While on both sides stand walls of water that could at any moment sweep over us, leaving us buried in the unknown depths of our own inscrutable mystery. It is here we learn what faith means. It is here we discover that by faith we can stand alone and lost, yet know all the while that the Father holds us and will never let us go.”

~ James Finley, Merton’s Palace of Nowhere

Painting by Caspar David Friedrich (1775)

Going Beyond


“Merton once told me that so few of us are willing to become people of prayer because so few of us are willing to go beyond definitions and concepts to grasp life itself. There comes a time when one must set out in earnest to return to the Father’s house, to find his way out of the burning building, to choose life instead of death.”

~ James Finley, Merton’s Palace of Nowhere

Painting by Camille Pissarro (1884)