Thursday, February 2, 2012
..Are we really so identified with a rotten and crumbling edifice that we are bound to collapse with it?
This is where I stop. I think that if the thing collapses, and it must, a great deal of what we have called “Christianity” will go with it, and if we’re around to rub the dust out of our eyes we will finally see that it wasn't Christianity at all. Who will deliver us from this body of death?...
I have to go along with policies that are often so inert, so blind, so stupid that they utterly stifle the true life of the Church and make it impossible for the most clear-sighted and courageous of her members to do anything that will further the real manifestation of the truth and [love] of Christ in the world … behind all this spurious Pentecostal wind one can hear, if [one] listens a little carefully, the hideous merriment of demons…
~ Thomas Merton
taken from correspondence between Merton and philosopher Leslie Dewart
in Witness to Freedom: Letters in Times of Crisis
with thanks to prodigal kiwi(s) blog