By Thomas Merton
The sixties have been a time of restlessness, internal turmoil, and enthusiasm for Merton within which he heavily the careening improvement of political and social activism – Martin Luther King, Jr., and the March on Selma, the Catholic employee move, the Vietnam conflict, and the assassination of John F. Kennedy. quantity five chronicles the technique of Merton’s 50th birthday and marks his stream to Mount Olivet, his hermitage on the Abbey of Gethsemani, the place he was once ultimately capable of totally embody the thrill and demanding situations of solitary existence: ‘In the hermitage, one needs to pray of visit seed. The pretense of prayer won't suffice. simply sitting won't suffice . . . Solitude places you along with your again to the wall (or your face to it!), and this can be stable’ (13 October, 1964).
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A delightful day. I moved out of the infirmary last night and the hard bed was good to get back to, also my own cell, the special stone one, at the head of the stairs to the novitiate dormitory, hanging in the air, a hole in the rock, a caverna maceriae [cave in the wall]. The traction affair was rigged up by Brother Anthony, and I have a reading light. Paradiso [paradise]. Blankets, quiet (except that corn blower roars in the daytime). Nicholas of Cusa: opening up. Magnificent discovery. I have been on to him for a while, but not realizing how much was there!
Edmund Wilson’s book Apology to the Iroquois is the kind of thing that moves me very deeply, more deeply than anything perhaps except the Old Testament Prophets. And in the same kind of way: sense of an inscrutable and very important mystery, the judgment of the white race and of “Christendom” by its acts and insensitivities. The centuries of blind willful cruelty and greed. The Iroquois have despaired of the whites almost as the Black Muslims have!! August 31, 1963 August ending beautifully–bright days, relatively cool.
Day of Recollection Tu ipse elementer dispone me et omnes cogitatus et actus meos in beneplacito tuo, ut fiat a me et in me et de me tua semper sola voluntas. ] (St. Anselm, Orationes 1) September 2, 1963 After the Night Office–cool, and dark–mist on the low bottoms, a glow of red in the east, still a long way from dawn, and small, clear purple clouds in the glow. Sirius shining through the girders of the water tower and high over the building a star travels east–no sound of a plane, perhaps it is some spaceship.
Dancing in the Water of Life (Merton, Thomas Journal of Thomas Merton) by Thomas Merton