… a kind of prayer ~ Thomas Merton

'In the silence, everything begins to connect':

“I putter about the hermitage, make the bed, wash the breakfast dishes, sweep the porch; and something begins to order itself inside me as I order my external world. The ordering and puttering become a kind of prayer, a way of attending to the human which is a way of attending to the divine, charged as we are and the world is with the presence of God.” “One cannot pray and meditate unendingly. There is a rhythm to life lived anywhere that calms the heart …”

—Thomas Merton

My Comment:

This so perfectly describes my life. I have long known that it is not about ‘great achievements’ but rather about the connection that I feel in every moment when I am mindful, which means for me ‘spirit-ful’. His words:

“a way of attending to the human which is a way of attending to the divine”

capture it all in a nutshell for me. Thank you, Thomas Merton!

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One thought on “… a kind of prayer ~ Thomas Merton

  1. I completely resonate with this. So many of my mundane activities become the vehicle for my connection with my divinity within, an opportunity to pray for causes or other people in need. Ironing, chopping veggies, folding the laundry — the activities through which devotion is expressed. Thank you Thomas (Merton) for validating this often overlooked form of spiritual work.

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