thomas merton

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the bells


beyond the scope of sight or sound we dwell upon the air
seeking the world's gain in an unthinkable experience

we are exiles in the far end of solitude, living as listeners
waiting upon the first far drums of christ the conqueror...




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what was vile has become precious. what is now precious was never vile. i have always known the vile as precious: for what is vile i know not at all. i have always overshadowed jonas with my mercy... have you had sight of me, jonas my child? mercy upon mercy upon mercy...



awakening .....................................................................




the door of emptiness. of nowhere. of no place for a self, which cannot be entered by a self. and therefore is of no use to someone who is going somewhere.
is it a door at all? the door of no-door
it is not led up to by other things pointing to it...no signs saying 'exit'...the door never expected. never wanted. not desirable as a door. not a joke...
does not respond to a key , so do not imagine you have a key.
when you have asked for a list of all the doors,
this one is not on the list


pluscarden abbey scotland ..............................................................................................................st louis abbey




the night song



solesmes abbey

st madeleine du barroux

clear creek - annunciation abbey

chevetogne monastery

holy transfiguration monastery

holy transfiguration skete

the maronite monks

the little portion



christ in the desert monastery.................................................................................................. contemplative outreach
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