Monday, November 16, 2015
MAY WE BEGIN EACH DAY WITH THIS BOW
(From St. Joseph's Abbey Web Page)
Reading this morning from
We Are Already One
(Thomas Merton's Message of Hope)
Reflections to Honor His Centenary
Simeon Leiva-Merikakis, OCSO,
Reflecting on Merton's influence in his becoming a monk, writes:
"When I finally met Father Louis briefly in the Gethsemani guesthouse in June, 1968--only six months before his death-I simply wanted to speak to him a heartfelt thank-you in person. He had shown me through his own struggles and choices, shared with me by those writings with their irresistible tone of intimacy, that it was not an inane romantic dream to aspire toward eternal Beauty even in the midst of a hard-nosed, pragmatic age. He had taught me by his life, more than by his words, how to distance myself from the shallowness and ruthlessness of the world in which I lived.
But above all, he had modeled for me the thrill of humbly bowing the neck of my own conceited ego to the tender persuasion of a faithful Love that does not pass away."