Friday, May 11, 2012

A Year With Thomas Merton - May 10


Resurrection Is Our Destiny
In the night office, St. Ambrose: all must rise from the dead. Resurrection is our lot. Life is our destiny whether we want it or not. But to be risen and not want it, to hate life, is the resurrection of judgment. Man is not, and cannot be, a merely ephemeral thing. But if he wills to be evanescent, to remain in what is not, he is a living contradiction.
Thunder, lightning and rain all night. Heaviest rain for a long time. Floods in the bottoms. Water bubbling in under the basement wall of the washroom. Novitiate garden flooded in the NW corner. (One day the whole retaining wall will go if this keeps up.)
My love is
The fragrance of the orchid
And the sound of waters
says the Haiku on my lovely Zen calendar.
May 7, 1961, IV.116

1 comment:

  1. My love is

    The fragrance of the orchid

    And the sound of waters

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