Sunday, July 24, 2016

"to settle down in the quiet of our own being"

"It is useless to try to make peace with ourselves by being pleased with everything we have done. In order to settle down in the quiet of our own being we must learn to be detached from the results of our own activity. We must withdraw ourselves, to some extent, from the effects that are beyond our control and be content with the good will and the work that are the quiet expression of our inner life. We must be content to live without watching ourselves live, to work without expecting any immediate reward, to love without an instantaneous satisfaction, and to exist without any special recognition."

                                                                                   -  Thomas Merton  (from our church bulletin)


  1. Wise words - so difficult to do though!

  2. Wow, how true this is!
    Have a blessed day, ♥

  3. Yes, the passage really struck me (and I'm not saying I'm successful at it!). But Dolly may know something about it.....

  4. There's some wisdom in those words; don't expect too much and count your blessings!