fake expressions of the unknown
The opening page from Thomas Merton’s Thoughts in solitude. I was most fortunate to find a first edition copy of this beautiful book , dating back to January 1958.
Hmmm .. I’m not that confortable with the dualistic leanings of these thoughts. For me, solitude is a means to an end – community, not as the hermit would hve it an end in itself. However that said there is lots of wisdom here for us to enjoy.
I’ve purchased several of Merton’s books and look forward to investigating them. Hope you are doing well, my friend!
Hi there Nic and Don(it’s been a while),
This journey continues to take interesting turns. I’m finding something in a combination of Merton, Meister Eckhart and the sayings and lives of the Desert Fathers.
Also, In some ways I now understand what Jesus was saying in The Gospel of Thomas 112: “Woe to the flesh that depends on the soul; woe to the soul that depends on the flesh.”
Don, I highly recommend Merton’s book on the Saying of Desert Fathers. His 27 page introduction is worth reading over and over.
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