Tuesday, January 24, 2012

A Year With Thomas Merton - January 24

Moments of Angelic Lucidity

I went down to the spring that feeds the stream running through Edelin's pasture. Wonderful clear water pouring strongly out of a cleft in the mossy rock. I drank from it in my cupped hands and suddenly realized it was years, perhaps twenty-five or thirty years since I had tasted such water, no chemicals!! I looked up at the clear sky and the tops of the leafless trees shining in the sun: it was a moment of angelic lucidity. Said Tierce with great joy, overflowing joy, as if the land and woods and spring were all praising God through me. The sense of angelic transparency of everything, and of pure, simple, and total light. The word that comes closest to pointing to it is simple. It was all simple. But a simplicity to which one seems to aspire, only seldom to attain. A simplicity, that is, that has and says everything just because it is simple.

January 6, 1965, V.187


  1. Psalm 148

    Praise the Lord!
    Praise the Lord from the heavens;
    praise him in the heights!
    2 Praise him, all his angels;
    praise him, all his host!

    3 Praise him, sun and moon;
    praise him, all you shining stars!
    4 Praise him, you highest heavens,
    and you waters above the heavens!

    5 Let them praise the name of the Lord,
    for he commanded and they were created.
    6 He established them for ever and ever;
    he fixed their bounds, which cannot be passed.*

    7 Praise the Lord from the earth,
    you sea monsters and all deeps,
    8 fire and hail, snow and frost,
    stormy wind fulfilling his command!

    9 Mountains and all hills,
    fruit trees and all cedars!
    10 Wild animals and all cattle,
    creeping things and flying birds!

    11 Kings of the earth and all peoples,
    princes and all rulers of the earth!
    12 Young men and women alike,
    old and young together!

    13 Let them praise the name of the Lord,
    for his name alone is exalted;
    his glory is above earth and heaven.
    14 He has raised up a horn for his people,
    praise for all his faithful,
    for the people of Israel who are close to him.
    Praise the Lord!

    This is in part what we were reaching for in Around the Corner.