Thomas Merton Birthday
Thomas Merton was born on this date in 1915 in France.
I am retired now, a full-time writer. I still actively do retreats. I love the works of Thomas Merton and my new book, "Spiritual Journaling -God's Whispers in Daily Living" is available on Kindle and Amazon. http://amzn.to/qQz6Ng
[A Homily of Fr. Matthew Kelty, OCSO. for the Thomas Merton Memorial Mass at the Louisville Cathedral, Dec. 10th, 1998, (Luke 12:49) ]
Billie Pate is a friend of mine. We worked together for many years. She was a poet, a person who understood when people had needs and an excellent writer.
Several years ago I took a leather bond book and have placed only prayers in it. The reason I started it was that minister Wulfstan of Worchester, in the 11th century, had such a book that he carried on horseback wherever he went. This is what was said of Wulfstan:
If you have never read the homilies of Father Mathew Kelty you have missed a treat.
For some reason a convulsion of ideas has been bombarding me. An accident happened, I saw the movie Babel, I got involved with a war of words. Everything seems affected. Spirits are broken and words meanings disappear. Everything is out of sync. Everything that happens is out of order. It snows in California is just one example.
When I get spiritually unfit I eat oatmeal with brown sugar and milk for
Yesterday, January 23rd, was according to newspaper accounts the Saddest Day of the Year. Yes, I felt the sadness, a creeping underlying sense of negatism that frightenly becomes a part of every day.
My dear precious Son, you MUST rest. Be calm through the night. Dream of my house.
Can you tell me the Merton book in which Merton says, " A man who
Does anyone know the answer, I don't. (Dan)
YOU KNOW YOU ARE LIVING IN 2007 when...
Playoff football NFL games continue. It seems to me the pro players play
68 degrees today. Cloudy. Keep expecting the winter ice storms to reach
us. Maybe rain only. It was 36 degrees in Los Angeles this morning.
Am considering buying the Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion. It
deals with her grief after the death of her husband. How often I have
said that grief is a trickster, often derailing our thought processes,
working on every fiber of our being.
Has anyone read Didion's Book?
Saw the movie Dreamgirls last night. Excellent movie, based somewhat on the life of the Supremes.
(Editorial note: This Prayer for Peace was written by Thomas Merton and read in Congress on April18, 1962, and place in the Congressional Record. It was at the request of Frank Kowalksi, Congressman from Connecticut. Tomorrow Night President Bush gives his plans to increase troop strength by 20,000 in Iraq)
A little tough getting started in the New Year. Christmas Tree is still up. Did I tell you I am going to be a grandfather? It is not raining today, just cloudy. Am studying Nehemiah 4-7 for Sunday morning SS class. I finally got my office clean. Too much trash comes in the mail each day. I have problems throwing things away. Cuddles still malls poor Aiden. And Aiden is such a sweet cat. I am still looking for Godot. I heard Lewis Grizzard on XM radio and taped some of it. It brought back fond memories of him and his dog Catfish. I once made a pilgrimage to his gravesite. Football is wearing me out. Someone is always sick.
For the 25th year we ate breakfast with Eli and Barbara Landrum and their family. We started this tradition after we both moved to the same area in Tennessee. We had been friends in Alabama previously. Then Eli and I watched several ball games. I am worn out from all of the excitement.