Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Sine proprio (take 3)

As if in answer to my thoughts earlier today, this just arrived from The Merton Foundation in their weekly email:

If we want to be spiritual, then, let us first of all live our lives. Let us not fear the responsibilities and the inevitable distractions of the work appointed for us by the will of God. Let us embrace reality and thus find ourselves immersed in the life-giving will and wisdom of God which surrounds us everywhere.

From Thoughts in Solitude by Thomas Merton
(Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Publishers, New York, 1958) Page 46-7.


I think I am all too prone to "fear the responsibilities and the inevitable distractions of the work appointed for [me] by the will of God."

I'm not sure if saying, "Once bitten, twice shy" actually amounts to a sin in itself, but it can most certainly lead to missing the mark, which is what the OT Hebrew for sin means, after all. "God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but rather a spirit of power and of love and of self-discipline." (2 Tim 1:7)


1 comment:

  1. It's funny, the guy preaching at St. Nic's on Sunday talked about this. All he wanted to do was work with youth in the north east but he had to wait for 7 years doing other stuff before he was "allowed" (by God) to do that. And he talked about how Joseph was probably in jail for a very long time before he was let out to interpret Pharaoh's dream. I suppose God prepares us for what's ahead in ways we don't always understand, right?

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