I know Exactly What you Need

I am returning to the theme of wanting, too much, to help. Can I help? In my encounter with someone, I care for and am paying attention to. I identify with the struggle that is apparently, to me, going on with you. I immediately relate to something I have experienced. I begin to formulate and present aContinue reading “I know Exactly What you Need”

“Souls are like athletes, that need opponents worthy of them, if they are to be tried and extended and pushed to the full use of their powers, and rewarded according to their capacity.” ― Thomas Merton, The Seven Storey Mountain

We find ourselves in darkness, yet we live in the light;

we know sorrow, yet we have joy; we are burdened, yet we have wings to meet our God, the eternal light and life of all creation. This is our joy now, and in this joy we shall remain. We must fight; we must hold the standard high; we must let the light shine forth. WeContinue reading “We find ourselves in darkness, yet we live in the light;”

“Only the man who has had to face despair is really convinced that he needs mercy.

Those who do not want mercy never seek it. It is better to find God on the threshold of despair than to risk our lives in a complacency that has never felt the need of forgiveness. A life that is without problems may literally be more hopeless than one that always verges on despair.” ThomasContinue reading ““Only the man who has had to face despair is really convinced that he needs mercy.”

Love is never wasted

This ramble was inspired by an interaction with a lovely soul, with whom I only encounter on social media. A hashtag on her post #wastedlove, cut me to the core. My immediate response was to comment. No love is wasted, it’s painful when unwanted. It was impromptu and from my heart. From the prayer of SaintContinue reading “Love is never wasted”

Things We Need

By Thomas Merton, from Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander The things we really need come to us as only as gifts, and in order to receive them as gifts we have to be open. In order to be open, we have to renounce ourselves, in a sense, we have to die to our image of ourselves,Continue reading “Things We Need”

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