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