“Live as if you were to die tomorrow…

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

“Music creates order out of chaos for rhythm…

“Music creates order out of chaos: for rhythm imposes unanimity upon the divergent, melody imposes continuity upon the disjointed, and harmony imposes compatibility upon the incongruous.”

-Yehudi Menuhin

In ‘Contemplation in a World of Action’ Merton…

In ‘Contemplation in a World of Action’, Merton quotes a Sufi scholar to emphasize the importance of crossing over into what he calls “transcultural maturity,” a place where all boundaries fall:

“The person who has attained integration is no longer limited by the culture in which he has grown up. ‘He has embraced all of life… He has experienced qualities of every type of life, ordinary human existence, intellectual life, artistic creation, human love, religious life. He passes beyond all these limited forms, while retaining all that is best and most universal in them, ‘finally giving birth to a fully comprehensive self.’ He accepts not only his own community, his own society, his own friends, his own culture, but all mankind. He does not remain bound to one limited set of values in such a way that he opposes them aggressively or defensively to others… With this view of life he is able to bring perspective, liberty and spontaneity into the lives of others.”

The finally integrated [human being] is a peacemaker, and that is why there is such a desperate need for our leaders to become such men of insight.

SOURCE http://mertonmovie.com/blog/2013/8/15/guest-post-why-the-time-is-right-for-the-divine-comedy-of-thomas-merton

JUXTAPOSITION Dearest Jesus Teach me to be generous…


Dearest Jesus,

Teach me to be generous,
To love and serve you as you deserve,

To give and not to count the cost,
To fight and not to heed the wounds,

To toil and not to seek for rest,
To labour and to look for no reward,

Except that of knowing that
I do your Holy Will.

Amen – Prayer of St. Thomas Merton


Be generous in prosperity, and thankful in adversity. Be worthy of the trust of thy neighbor, and look upon him with a bright and friendly face.

Be a treasure to the poor, an admonisher to the rich, an answerer of the cry of the needy, a preserver of the sanctity of thy pledge.

Be fair in thy judgment, and guarded in thy speech. Be unjust to no man, and show all meekness to all men.

Be as a lamp unto them that walk in darkness, a joy to the sorrowful, a sea for the thirsty, a haven for the distressed, an upholder and defender of the victim of oppression. Let integrity and uprightness distinguish all thine acts.

Be a home for the stranger, a balm to the suffering, a tower of strength for the fugitive. Be eyes to the blind, and a guiding light unto the feet of the erring.

Be an ornament to the countenance of truth, a crown to the brow of fidelity, a pillar of the temple of righteousness, a breath of life to the body of mankind, an ensign of the hosts of justice, a luminary above the horizon of virtue, a dew to the soil of the human heart, an ark on the ocean of knowledge, a sun in the heaven of bounty, a gem on the diadem of wisdom, a shining light in the firmament of thy generation, a fruit upon the tree of humility.-0-

A prayer revealed by Baha’u’llah, Founder of the Baha’i Faith