For God alone my soul waits in silence, for my hope is from him. Psalm 62:5 NRSV
In Advent we celebrate the coming and indeed the presence of Christ in our world. We witness to His presence even in the midst of all its inscrutable problems and tragedies. Our Advent faith is not an escape from the world to a misty realm of slogans and comforts which declare our problems to be unreal, our tragedies inexistent. . . . Our task is to seek and find Christ in our world as it is, and not as it might be. More
These words of Thomas Merton are part of an extended quotation used by Joanna Depue “DJ/Deacon J” in her Blog More or Less Church on The Geranium Farm. I encourage you to check out the entire quotation that takes you into the realms of light and dark, despair and hope, and trust. The Episcopal Church remembers and honors Thomas Merton every December 10th.
For further reading and reflection
- Thomas Merton – a brief introduction from the Blog of the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music
- An Advent Meditation by Thomas Merton – in the Blog ” Church More of Less” on The Geranium Farm
- Thomas Merton’s Life and Work – a section on the website of the Thomas Merton Center