These words reminding us we are one human race must resound now, more than ever.
“Contemplation is the highest expression of man’s intellectual and spiritual life. It is that life itself, fully awake, fully active, fully aware that it is alive. It is spiritual wonder. It is spontaneous awe at the sacredness of life, of being.
It is gratitude for life, for awareness and for being. It is a vivid realization of the fact that life and being in us proceed from an invisible, transcendent and infinitely abundant Source.
Contemplation is, above all, awareness of the reality of that Source. It knows the Source, obscurely, inexplicably, but with a certitude that goes both beyond reason and beyond simple faith. For contemplation is a kind of spiritual vision to which both reason and faith aspire, by their very nature, because without it they must always remain incomplete.
Yet contemplation is not vision because it sees “without seeing” and knows “without knowing.” It is a more profound depth of faith, a knowledge too deep to be grasped in images, in words or even in clear concepts. It can be suggested by words, by symbols, but in the very moment of trying to indicate what it knows the contemplative mind takes back what it has said, and denies what it has affirmed. For in contemplation we know by “unknowing.” Or, better, we know beyond all-knowing or “unknowing.”
— Thomas Merton, “New Seeds of Contemplation”
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The birthday of the USA is a celebration of freedom. Let us remember the dignity and worth of each individual in America and around the world.
Tomorrow marks the Fourth of July, a day of celebration of independence for Americans. Many believe the Declaration of Independence to be one of the most eloquent documents ever written on equality. As we celebrate the day, let us remember the dignity and worth of all human beings.
It says that each of us has certain basic rights that are neither derived from or conferred by the state. In order to discover where they came from, it is necessary to move back behind the dim mist of eternity. They are God given, gifts from his hands. Never before in the history of the world has a sociopolitical document expressed in such profound, eloquent and unequivocal language the dignity and the worth of human personality. The American dream reminds us — and we should think about it anew on this Independence Day — that every man is an…
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I feel a sense of renewal in my body, mind and spirit. It is a week of spiritual significance for me and many others – Holy Week and Passover. The spiritual significance causes me to pause, to go within. I sense an awakening, a recovery of creativity. As I meditate on the spiritual significance of this week, I feel the love of God more powerfully than ever.
May everyone, in every corner of the world, know love. Once we know love, we can’t help but share love. In sharing love, we are our best selves. We are renewed.
There is in us an instinct for newness, for renewal, for a liberation of creative power. We seek to awaken in ourselves a force which really changes our lives from within. And yet the same instinct tells us that this change is a recovery of that which is deepest, most original, most personal in ourselves. To be born again is not to become somebody else, but to become ourselves. – from “Christian Humanism” in Love and Living, Thomas Merton
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This is still relevant in 2017. Remember, #BeBoldForChange.