228 – Worthiness – Intention on the Spiritual Journey

Of all the writers I have read and reread, Thomas Merton ranks for me as one of the most important, influential, and challenging.   Today is marked on many calendars as a day to remember Merton and consider what he … Continue reading

215 – Silence – Intention on the Spiritual Journey

Let me break the morning silence by bringing a few words from Thomas Merton, “Music is pleasing not only because of the sound but because of the silence that is in it: without the alternation of sound and silence there would be … Continue reading

184 – A Prayer – Intention on the Spiritual Journey

On January 31, 1915, Thomas Merton was born. Over the years since I first began reading Merton he has a had a profound influence on how I look at many things. May I simply share today a prayer of his? … Continue reading

165 – Peace – Intention on the Spiritual Journey

I had something in mind to send out today, put myself in front of the computer to get started, and began typing “Draft for September 11, 2013.”  And stopped. – 9/11 – I thought for a moment about not sending anything because … Continue reading

153 – Church – Intention on the Spiritual Journey

When you consider the church, what do you see?  I feel sure most will see more than a building.  Probably many will see more than a group of people assembled for a meeting.  Will any of us get a glimpse of what brings … Continue reading

129 – The Journey – Intention on the Spiritual Journey

I was browsing the shelves at the library the other day and came across a Thomas Merton book that was new to me, Thomas Merton in Alaska.  Not only was the book new to me, but I had no idea … Continue reading

126 – Advent – Intention on the Spiritual Journey

Monday, December 10, was noted by many as the Memorial of Thomas Merton.  Given that and the fact that I have been reading and trying to pay attention to Merton over the past 30 years, I thought it a good … Continue reading

86 – Ash Wednesday – Intention on the Spiritual Journey

This Ash Wednesday I have been drawn to a well known prayer of Thomas Merton – My Lord, God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for … Continue reading