Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Praying to Be Somebody's (PrayerLife)

Bamboo, outside of Brasilia, Brazil

Thomas Merton comes back again and again to the centrality of love. I like how he puts it here:

"In all these things I see one central option for me: to let go of all that seems to suggest getting somewhere, being someone, having a name and a voice, following a policy and directing people in “my” ways. What matters is to love, to be in one place in silence, if necessary in suffering, sickness, tribulation, and not try to be anybody outwardly. Not try to have a public identity."

- Merton, 
Learning To Love: Exploring Solitude and Freedom (The Journals of Thomas Merton), p. 15)

Pray to be Somebody's, not "somebody."