I still believe in Fairies

WISE WORDS FROM A MONK


 

On this Sunday morning

I turn to Thomas Merton

 (1915-1968),

a spiritual guide,

 to explore the practice

 of praying

 across faith traditions.

 A devout

 Roman Catholic monk,

 Merton writes:

 “If we really want prayer, we’ll have to give it time.

 We must slow down

to a human tempo

 and we’ll begin

 to have time to listen.

 As as soon as we listen

 to what’s going on,

 things will

begin to take shape

 by themselves.

 But for this

we have to experience

time in a new way ….

The reason why

 we don’t take time

 is a feeling

 that we have

 to keep moving.

This is a real sickness.

 Today time is a commodity,

 and for each one

 of us time is mortgaged. …

 we must approach

the whole idea

 of time in a new way.

“… The whole things boils down to giving ourselves in prayer

 a chance to realise

 that we have what we seek.

 We don’t have to rush after it.

 It is there all the time,

and if we give it time

 it will makes itself known

 to us.”

 

“If we really want prayer,

 we’ll have to give it time.

 We must slow down

to a human tempo

 and we’ll begin

 to have time to listen.

 As as soon as we listen

 to what’s going on,

 things will

begin to take shape

 by themselves.

 But for this

we have to experience

time in a new way ….

The reason why

 we don’t take time

 is a feeling

 that we have

 to keep moving.

This is a real sickness.

 Today time is a commodity,

 and for each one

 of us time is mortgaged. …

 we must approach

the whole idea

 of time in a new way.

6 responses

  1. Willie

    Hallo Ilse
    Hier het jy a groot stukkie wysheid raak geloop
    En ook ‘n antwoord op myne my vraag was ook hoekom

    July 20, 2008 at 09:04

  2. kinkel's

    wise indeed- and difficult because it’s too easy for us as humans!

    July 20, 2008 at 11:25

  3. Angel eyes

    Very wise and beautiful words  angel eyes

    July 20, 2008 at 12:16

  4. T

    Very wise words. This man knew what he was talking about. I will listen this advice.
    Thanks for sharing Ilse!
    Hugs,
    T

    July 20, 2008 at 12:42

  5. Al's

    There have been times that I pray and pray and it seems that nothing has come of it.  I get caught up in running to do this and that and think when will my prayer be answered.  Then comes the moment when I slow down and right in front of me is the answer to that prayer, which I had been buzzing by in haste everyday.  Great post.
    Love ya,
    Al

    July 20, 2008 at 13:56

  6. Pau

    This is a very great post.  Sometimes ppl don’t need prayers their life is perfect they only go to God when they need a miracle.  Have a great Sunday my friend, love you, xxPau

    July 20, 2008 at 16:27

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