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My One Desire

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Illustration: Thomas Merton

I have only one desire, and that is the desire for solitude—to disappear into God, to be submerged in His peace, to be lost in the secret of His Face.

~ Thomas Merton

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Written by MattAndJojang

January 4, 2012 at 3:38 pm

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  1. A perfect illustration for a perfectly Merton-like comment. And the great question – how to achieve solitude in the midst of a life filled with people and obligations? No wonder his literary output was so great. It was his way of trying to answer that question.

    shoreacres

    January 10, 2012 at 12:45 am

  2. I’m rediscovering Merton lately. I’m beginning to read his journals which I got hold of during the latter part of last year. ( I spent Christmas day and the first day of 2012 reading it :-)). I told Jojang that 2012 would be a Merton year for me. I’m planning to read all the journals (published in 7 books), which covers his first years in the Abbey of Gethsemani up to his untimely death in Bangkok. (His last entry was written just 2 days before he died). This quote was part of an entry in one of his journals.

    His was a lifelong search for solitude and silence. In fact, after his Asian trip he was planning to live in Alaska as a hermit in order to live a more solitary life. Unfortunately, his life was cut short in Bangkok after a touching a defective electric fan, after taking a shower in his hotel.

    We don’t have the luxury to be full-time hermits like Thomas Merton. But, I believe, that inspite of our busy lives and responsibilities there is an inner hermit in all of us which craves, at least from time to time, for solitude and silence. And the challenge is “how to achieve solitude in the midst of a life filled with people and obligations? ”

    I think each us must find a way (which could really be a challenge) to cultivate the capacity for solitude and silence even just for a few moments in a day. We should also try to nurture the practices which help us to cultivate inner solitude and inner silence (which, by the way, is much more important than outer solitude and outer silence). In this matter each of us must find his/her own way…

    ~Matt

    MattAndJojang

    January 10, 2012 at 11:00 am


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