Friday, April 1, 2011

Merton on Peace

Created for God's Peace 

     "All day I have been waiting for You with my faculties bleeding the poison of unsuppressed activity ... I have waited for Your silence and Your peace to stanch and cleanse them, 0 my Lord.

    You will heal my soul when it pleases You, because I have trusted  in You.

    I will no longer wound myself with the thoughts and questions that have surrounded me like thorns: that is a penance You do not ask of me.

   You have made my soul for Your peace and Your silence, but it is lacerated by the noise of my activity and my desires. My mind is crucified all day by its own hunger for experience, for ideas, for satisfaction. And I do not possess my house in silence.

   But I was created for Your peace and You will not despise my longing for the holiness of Your deep silence. 0 my Lord, You will not leave me forever in this sorrow, because I have trusted in You and I will wait upon Your good pleasure in peace and without complaining any more. This, for Your glory."

From the book Mornings with Thomas Merton

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for posting this Sheila. I've always liked reading Thomas Merton but I haven't read this one yet. Great quote!