Wednesday, December 21, 2011

stable as the land

How necessary it is for monks to work in the fields, 
in the rain, in the sun, in the mud, in the clay, 
in the wind: these are our spiritual directors and our novice masters. 
They form our contemplation. 
They instill virtue into us. 
They make us as stable as the land we live in. 
You do not get that out of a typewriter.

Thomas Merton
from The Intimate Merton
art by van gogh


erin said...

if we do not touch the earth we are disembodied and we fail at living.

whatever we are, whatever spirits or egoless energy, we are granted these temporary bodies. it is our job to be inside them. to be inside them we must know where they come from. this is one of our primary sicknesses in this world. we can not rely on the monks to tell us. our flesh must tell us and we must listen or we fail.

we are failing.