Thursday, May 17, 2012

A Year With Thomas Merton - May 17

The Sea of My Paradise

"You deliver me from the gates of death that I might announce your praises in the gates of the daughter of Sion" (Psalm 9).

Marvelous vision of the hills at 7:45 a.m. The same hills as always, as in the afternoon, but now catching the light in a totally new way, at once very earthly and very ethereal, with delicate cups of shadow and dark ripples and crinkles where I had never seen them, and the whole slightly veiled in mist so that it seemed to be a tropical shore, a newly discovered continent. And a voice in me seemed to be crying, ""Look! Look!" For these are the discoveries, and it is for this that I am high on the mast of my ship (have always been), and I know that we are on the right course, for all around is the sea of paradise.

May 21, 1963, IV.321-22


  1. Psalm 9:7-10

    But the Lord sits enthroned for ever,
    he has established his throne for judgement.
    He judges the world with righteousness;
    he judges the peoples with equity.

    The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed,
    a stronghold in times of trouble.
    And those who know your name put their trust in you,
    for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you.