By Thomas Merton
The 3rd quantity of Thomas Merton's journals chronicles Merton's makes an attempt to reconcile his wish for solitude and contemplation with the calls for of his new-found superstar prestige in the strictures of traditional monastic life.
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That desire cannot be perfectly acquired without a certain degree of exterior solitude. You know how much is necessary for each one who is called to union with You. You have called me into this silence to be grateful for what silence I have, and to use it by desiring more. Prayer should not only draw God down to us: it should lift us up to Him. It should not only rest in His reflection (which the soul, still resting in the house of the body, finds within itself). It should rise out of the body and seek to leave this life in order to rest in Him.
What the Carmelites got for me on New Year’s Day! To be alone by being part of the universe–fitting in completely to an environment of woods and silence and peace. Everything you do becomes a unity and a prayer. Unity within and without. Unity with all living things–without effort or contention. My silence is part of the whole world’s silence and builds the temple of God without the noise of hammers. February 9, 1953. Feast of St. Scholastica Evening. St. Anne’s. I got permission to stay out here until collation.
God knows. But in publicizing their “limitations” I have publicized my own, and judged myself out of my own mouth. It is always a relief to see the truth, and I find peace in confessing it. But it brings with it a shattering punishment–which is medicinal–the collapse of the condemned author. I mean the collapse of the “exterior man” who was too much in the book. The inward man is renewed from day to day, and arises anew from the fires of tribulation. 15 Robert Giroux, Merton’s editor at Harcourt, Brace & Company, was a friend from his Columbia University days.
A Search for Solitude: Pursuing the Monk's True LifeThe Journals of Thomas Merton, Volume 3: 1952-1960 (Merton, Thomas Journal of Thomas Merton) by Thomas Merton