A seed of solitude

“Keep you eyes clean and your ears quiet and your mind serene. Breathe God’s air. Work, if you can, under his sky.

But if you have to work in a city and work among machines and ride in the subways and eat in a place where … the food destroys your life and the sentiments of those around you poison your heart with boredom, do not be impatient, but accept it as the love of God and as a seed of solitude planted in your soul.

But meanwhile – keep your sense of compassion for the men who have forgotten the very concept of solitude. You, at least, know that it exists, and that it is the source of peace and joy. You can still hope for such joy. They do not even hope for it anymore.”

– Thomas Merton, New Seeds of Contemplation

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~ by tdcatss on December 28, 2015.

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