i found the monastic journey by thomas merton last night when i was moving some books around. i started reading it today, but think it may be one of those books you can only read a little at a time of because you want to let it soak in. in the first chapter entitled what is the monastic life?, i highlighted this sentence, when referring to a monk:
wouldn't that be a good rule to apply to everyone in every day life, not just a monk's?
A monk would be out of character if he tried to argue everybody into admitting that his life is justified. He expects merely to be taken as he is, judged for what he is, because he does not waste time trying to convince others or even himself that he amounts to anything very special.
also, i thought i'd share the inscription i just came across, from my dad:
is that awesome or what? after 23 years of not being in touch, not knowing who i was, when we reunited for our short time (via telephone and internet), he not only listened, he understood.
Your abbey is your home. Your family, your monastic community. Live like this, in Christ, and you will be the nun you want to be.
i am in puddles.