By Thomas Merton
The 3rd quantity of Thomas Merton's journals chronicles Merton's makes an attempt to reconcile his hope for solitude and contemplation with the calls for of his new-found star prestige in the strictures of traditional monastic life.
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29 January 28, 1953. Weekly Day of Recollection Fine ideas in Picard’s World of Silence. (A train of the old time sings in my present silence, at St. ) 1. ” “The possibilities that are not fully realized nourish the substance of silence. ” p. 67. 2. ” p. 66. 3. True solitude “does not derive from subjectivity. Solitude stands before man as something objective, even the solitude within himself. ” p. 65. All this verified at St. Anne’s, this month. Discovery and a gift. What the Carmelites got for me on New Year’s Day!
Paul says “I shall know even as I have been known” [1 Corinthians 13:12]. In the Gospel: the blind man hears the crowd passing by and asks who is passing, calls out to Jesus, is rebuked by the disciples, calls out louder still, catches the Lord’s attention so that Jesus asks him what he wants. ” [Mark 10:51]. He receives his sight, knows as he has been known, and follows Jesus glorifying God. And Christ goes on his way with His face turned towards Jerusalem, ascending to His passion. It is in the passion of Christ that God has proved to us that He has “known” us.
Fr. Tarcisius looked about with such reverence you would have thought he was seeing angels. Later we separated to pray apart in the thinned pine grove on the south eastern hillside. 28 And I could see how simple it is to find God in solitude. There is no one else, nothing else. He is all there is to find there. Everything is in Him. And what could be more pleasing to Him than that we should leave all things and all company to be with Him and think only of Him and know Him alone, in order to give Him our love?