The only thing to remember about prayer is to begin where you are. (Thomas Merton)

Deep down in me I knowed it was a lie, and He knowed it. You can't pray a lie - I found that out. (Mark Twain)

If governments knew how subversive contemplative prayer is, they would ban it. (Desmond Tutu)

Pray as you can, not as you can't. (Father Ted King, Dean Emeritus of Cape Town)

So this is how you swim inward. So this is how you flow outwards. So this is how you pray. (Mary Oliver)

Friday, 5 April 2013

Something Merton said


I love this. And I love Merton's allusion to Gerard Manley Hopkins, too.
By reading the scriptures I am so renewed that all nature seems renewed around me and with me. The sky seems to be a pure, a cooler blue, the trees a deeper green. The whole world is charged with the glory of God and I feel fire and music under my feet. 
 - Thomas Merton
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1 comment:

  1. "fire and music"?

    Makes me think of All About Eve! *LOL*

    [FYI: when Eve takes Margo Channing's place on stage (through subterfuge), a critic gushes the next day about how Eve brought "fire and music" to the part. Margo rants about this phrase in a tirade the next day]

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