Dialogues with Silence: Prayers & Drawings

By Thomas Merton

An intensely own devotional ebook from Thomas Merton, the final word non secular author of our time, displaying his contemplative and non secular aspect via his prayers and rarely-seen drawings. the one Merton reward publication available.

Dialogues with Silence features a collection of prayers from all through Merton's life--from his journals, letters, poetry, books--accompanied via all a hundred of Merton's hardly ever visible, pleasant Zen-like pen-and-ink drawings, and may allure new readers in addition to Merton devotees. there isn't any different Merton devotional like this, and the paperback version should be elegantly designed and packaged.

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Lord God of this nice evening, do you notice the woods? Do You pay attention the rumor in their loneliness? Do You behold their secrecy? Do You consider their solitudes? Do you spot that my soul is commencing to dissolve like wax inside me? Deus meus clamabo in keeping with diem, et non exaudies; et nocte, et non advert insipientiam mihi. My God, I cry out via day yet you don't listen me; at evening, yet You supply me no aid! Do You keep in mind where through the movement? Do You take into accout the pinnacle of the winery Knob that point in autumn whilst the educate used to be within the valley? Do You take note McGinty’s hole? Do You keep in mind the thinly wooded hillside at the back of Hanekamp’s position? Do You keep in mind the time of the woodland hearth? are you aware what has develop into of the little poplars we planted within the spring? Do You discover the valley the place I marked the timber? there isn't any leaf that isn't on your care. there isn't any cry that was once now not heard through You ahead of it used to be uttered. there isn't any water within the shales that used to be no longer hidden there by means of Your knowledge. there isn't any hid spring that was once now not hid through You. there isn't any glen for a lone condo that used to be no longer deliberate via You for a lone condominium. there's no guy for that acre of woods that used to be now not made through You for that acre of woods. yet there's a higher convenience within the substance of silence than within the resolution to a query. Eternity is within the current. Eternity is within the palm of the hand. Eternity is a seed of fireside whose unexpected roots holiday boundaries that hold my center from being an abyss. The issues of Time are in connivance with eternity. The shadows serve You. The beasts sing to You prior to they cross away. the cast hills shall vanish like a tired garment. All issues switch and die and disappear. Questions arrive, think their reality, and disappear. during this hour I shall stop to invite them and silence will likely be my solution. the realm that Your love created, that the warmth has distorted, that my brain is often misinterpreting, shall stop to intrude with our voices. Minds that are separated faux to mixture in a single another’s language. the wedding of souls in ideas is usually an phantasm. ideas which shuttle outward carry again stories from You from outward issues, yet a discussion with You, uttered during the global, regularly ends through being a discussion with my very own mirrored image within the flow of time. With You there is not any discussion, until you opt a mountain, circle it with cloud and print Your phrases in fireplace upon the brain of Moses. What used to be dropped at Moses on pills of stone, because the fruit of lightning and thunder, is now extra completely born in our souls as quietly because the breath of our personal being. You Who sleep in my breast will not be met with phrases, yet within the emergence of lifestyles inside of lifestyles and of knowledge inside of knowledge. With You there isn't any longer any discussion, any contest, any competition. you're present in communion! Thou in me and that i in Thee, Thou in them they usually in me: dispossession inside dispossession, dispassion inside of dispassion, vacancy inside vacancy, freedom inside of freedom. i'm by myself. Thou paintings by myself. the daddy and that i are One.

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