Saturday, May 14, 2005

Morning - The First Day

"I am here not only to evade for a while the clamor and filth and confusion of the cultural apparatus but also to confront, immediately and directly if it's possible, the bare bones of existence, the elemental and fundamental, the bedrock which sustains us." Edward Abbey (The First Morning)

"This is the most beautiful place on the earth," he begins. That is exactly the same words Thomas Merton used when he went to the Abbey of Gethsemani for the first time. Interesting !! The homing instinct is what Abbey calls it. A place on earth that is uniquely ours, a home, the place where our existence has meaning.

Question: What is the most beautiful place on earth for you?


At 9:57 AM, Blogger Anthony Palevo said...

Merton also wrote this about the Monastery,

"Funny ,but a long time ago,when I first came here to Gethsemani,I said that this place is the center of America. I had wondered then just was holding the country together... really what was keeping the whole universe from cracking into pieces and falling apart... it is places like this Monastery.

(Quote from A Memory Vision of Thomas Merton, A song for Nobody.)

One of my beautiful places on earth is running in Percy Warner Park in the pouring rain!"

At 2:16 PM, Anonymous A said...

I thought awhile about answering this one. There are so many places of astounding natural beauty that I have seen, that each one is more perfect than the next.... How does one choose a "physical" place as the most beautiful. For me, there is not just one. Or maybe the most beautiful place on earth isn't a physical place at all, but an inner state of communion with God such that any physical place where one is becomes could go that route. In the end, my answer is a beautiful place that I go most often, on a day to day basis:

My couch at 4:00 AM, raining outside perhaps. Deep quiet, a candle burning, a good cup of coffee in hand, and a fantastic book.

That's a beautiful, thankful, peaceful place.


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