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 big name prestige in the strictures of traditional monastic life.
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31 Now I know there is something important about the very incompleteness of Bl. Conrad: hermit in Palestine, by St. Bernard’s permission. Starts home for Clairvaux when he hears St. Bernard is dying. Gets to Italy and hears St. Bernard is dead. Settles in a wayside chapel outside Bari and dies there. What an untidily unplanned life! No order, no sense, no system, no climax. Like a book without punctuation that suddenly ends in the middle of a sentence. Yet I know that those are the books I really like!
The silent house, the goats in the red sage grass, the dry creek and Hanekamp’s vineyard. The beautiful silence of the woods on every side! Fr. Tarcisius looked about with such reverence you would have thought he was seeing angels. Later we separated to pray apart in the thinned pine grove on the south eastern hillside. 28 And I could see how simple it is to find God in solitude. There is no one else, nothing else. He is all there is to find there. Everything is in Him. And what could be more pleasing to Him than that we should leave all things and all company to be with Him and think only of Him and know Him alone, in order to give Him our love?
Anne’s I am always happy and at peace no matter what happens. ” A fly buzzes on the window pane! 37 March 3, 1953 Heavy rains last night and this morning. At the end of the private masses the rain started coming in through the ceiling of the sanctuary (even though, with great noise and greater expense a new roof was put on the church last Fall). During Prime the sanctuary was peopled with a troop of large and small buckets, each one veiled in white cloth so that the drops falling from the high ceiling would not resound like gun-shots through the choir.
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