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 megastar prestige in the strictures of traditional monastic life.
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Jude speaks of: “They are fierce waves of the sea with shame for their crests, wandering stars, with eternal darkness and storms awaiting them…like the brute beasts they derive knowledge only from their senses and it serves to corrupt them…” (Jude 1:13 and 10). Yet all of us can be numbered among them. False humility is no protection against this vanity which turns the glory of God into a lie. And at the root of it is our forgetfulness of the fear of God. ). We live as if God existed for our sakes, figuring that we exist for Him.
A small pine-topped ridge to the South and strange knobs like a school of dolphins over westward, or rather north westward. I got into Hanekamp’s valley and came to his house. He was spreading manure in his garden. I found out that, after all, his house has a front door. I doubt if he ever lets anyone in. I believe he also rarely goes into anyone else’s house. He has more dogs than you can believe. A whole pack of skinny pups. ” Inside the front gate were the kids, meaning goats. Very small and pathetic.
He described his own confusion and helplessness, and in so doing described the Passion of Christ without knowing it. The strongest point he made was his discovery, during his trial, that he was caught between Our Lady and the Devil, between her heel and the serpent’s head, and that it had not proved to be a comfortable position to be in. This made a great impression and when I heard it, I knew that all the Capuchin skulls in the picture were really relatively foolish. For God is the God of the living.
A Search for Solitude: Pursuing the Monk's True LifeThe Journals of Thomas Merton, Volume 3: 1952-1960 (Merton, Thomas Journal of Thomas Merton) by Thomas Merton