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contemplative simplicity

I am reading a book - slowly - of Thomas Merton's drawings accompanied by his words. Here is a quote from the introduction:

The true contemplative is not one who prepares his mind for a particular message that he wants or expects to hear, but is one who remains empty because he knows that he can never expect to anticipate the words that will transform his darkness into light. He does not even anticipate a special kind of transformation. He does not demand light instead of darkness. he waits on the Word of God in silence, and when he is "answered" is is not so much by a word that bursts into his silence. It is by his silence itself, suddenly, inexplicably revealing itself to him as a word of great power, full of the voice of God.

Thomas Merton...Dialogues with Silence, Prayers and Drawings,xiii

I am more and more fascinated by silence now, there is so little of it. Even those who come to a silent retreat increasingly misunderstand silence.They do not realize that silence is not for its own sake, but for the sake of the world it opens, both inner and outer, a world that enriches, dares, and enfolds in a reality unknowable any other way but silence.

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Pat Irr | Reply 14.06.2014 19:25

Brenda, this is so helpful as I prepare to move into more intentional silence at the Motherhouse. The reading calls me into this silence for the world.

Maureen | Reply 12.12.2013 11:45

Brenda, much gratitude for sharing these words of Merton and your own fascination with Silence. I am invited and moved into deeper trust ~ deeper surrender.

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28.12 | 10:12

Hi Brenda,
I've just finished reading The Choice - got it from the public library. What an amazing story and an unbeatable spirit. I'll check out youtube now

24.04 | 21:27

Hi Brenda,
I did some writing this last week.
Here is it. :)

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