By Thomas Merton
The 3rd quantity of Thomas Merton's journals chronicles Merton's makes an attempt to reconcile his wish for solitude and contemplation with the calls for of his new-found superstar prestige in the strictures of traditional monastic life.
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Extra info for A Search for Solitude: Pursuing the Monk's True LifeThe Journals of Thomas Merton, Volume 3: 1952-1960 (Merton, Thomas Journal of Thomas Merton)
Why is it we must be afraid of Mystery, as if the Mystery of God’s love were not infinitely simple and infinitely clear? Why do we run away from Him into the dark which, to us, is light? That is the other mystery of sin, which no one understands. Yet we act as if we understand sin and as if we were really aware of the love of God when we have never deeply experienced the meaning of either one. November 12, 1952 The life of the foundress of the Little Sisters of the Poor was finished in the refectory today.
I am beginning to prepare his retreat–conferences on the martyrs. And I think of the unity of the Church in this her Lent (The lesson from Joel brings this out: vocate coetum: blow the trumpet and call the people together for the great fast! [Joel 1:14]). The whole church is called together and we realize that our Lent is united with the suffering of the martyrs and the fasts of the desert fathers and the good works and penances of all the saints. St. Anne’s itself, beside my Mass and my office in choir, and the rest, is my contribution to the Church’s Lents.
Even on Ash Wednesday I begin to hear the silence of Easter. Many birds, going North, were flying in the wind. They move slowly against the blue sky and looked like a school of fish in clear, West Indian waters. The sun shone through their wings and made them seem like red and orange fins. Last night before collation, Fr. Anselm took me aside and said the Archbishop is supposed to be coming to ordain him deacon on the feast of St. Benedict. I am beginning to prepare his retreat–conferences on the martyrs.