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Much of his best writing comes to us from the hermitage.

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The relationship with Margie — as well as substantive friendships and correspondence with other women during his last decade — was clearly transformative for Merton and bears a spiritual significance that shines through much of his writings in this period.

A military transport plane that was carrying the bodies of servicemen killed in Vietnam, a war he had forcefully condemned, returned his too to the United States.

In fact in his spiritual evolution he took pains to distance himself from his early, more pious writings, and insisted on his right not to be turned into a myth for Catholic school children.

He was a restless monk, and often chafed against his vows of stability and obedience. In his writings we discover not a porcelain saint hovering above the messiness of human history but a companion who walks beside us like a brother, opening up new ways, and rediscovering old ways, which we had forgotten. I was fifteen when my mother put an old copy of The Sign of Jonas in my hands. Mists of damp heat rise up out of the fields around the sleeping abbey. The whole valley is flooded with moonlight and I can count the southern hills beyond the watertank, and almost number the trees of the forest to the north.

Now the huge chorus of living beings rises up out of the world beneath my feet: I lay the clock upon the belfry ledge and pray cross-legged with my back against the tower, and face the same unanswered question. Lord God of this great night: Do You hear the rumor of their loneliness? Do you behold their secrecy?

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Do You remember their solitudes? Do You see that my soul is beginning to dissolve like wax within me? The effect of reading Merton is metaphysical, mystical, theological.

At stake between Merton, his reader, and all those letters and spaces dancing on the page is the discernment of the deepest truths that lay hidden within the substance of things. Like fish swimming in an ocean of grace, we need to be reminded: Merton is a poet of the liminal spaces of our lives, where sacred mystery breaks in and casts everything in a different sort of light.

In perhaps his most famous passage, it is not hard to picture the monk standing in street clothes among the passersby on a busy street corner, gazing on a sea of faces of every color. In Louisville, at the corner of Fourth and Walnut, in the center of the shopping district, I was suddenly overwhelmed with the realization that I loved all those people, that they were mine and I theirs, that we could not be alien to one another even though we were total strangers.

Suzuki at Columbia University, his alma mater. The noise of traffic and the uninterrupted cries of playing children, cries of life and joy coming out of purgatory, loud and strong the voice of a great living organism. Shots too — and there is no rifle range!

Frequent shots — at what? More frequent than in the Kentucky woods behind the hermitage in hunting season. And drums, bongos, and the chanting of songs, and dogs barking and traffic, buses like jet planes. And at a very early age, I dreamt of the day when I would actually visit the Holy Lands mentioned in the Bible.

I crept into my adulthood and I had seen parts of Europe, but points farther East still eluded me. My first visit to a biblical land would come courtesy of the United States Government inwhen I was sent to the land of the Two Rivers, the Tigris and Euphrates.

The place from which Abraham hailed. A spot not far from the reported location of the Garden of Eden. The land holding Nineveh, where the Prophet Jonah preached. And I hope that in the near future the situation on the ground there might allow a return visit that could be more reflective. But Iraq is peripheral to the heart of the Bible. The real Holy Land is, of course, Israel. And this last summer the dreams of that little Lutheran boy were finally realized. Now, that little Lutheran boy eventually came to a place, after long years of study and prayer, where he had to join in Communion with the Historical Church Jesus founded and which was passed down from the Apostles faithfully in the Orthodox Church.

With great joy, I was chrismated Orthodox in December of Shortly thereafter I met the woman who would become my wife, a Romanian-American. The narrator acknowledges that she has cussed, cheated, and lied but finds redemption when she listens to country music.

Call her spiritual but not religious. He hopes that when he meets his Maker, he will sing with the angels, see his loved ones that have passed on, and stand in the light forever. I had another person depending on me for survival and mentoring. The birth of one's first child is an awe-inspiring, life changing event, and this rock song won a Grammy Award for good reason.

It portrays a new father's earnest prayer to teach his child how to embrace the world with arms wide open. His faithful devotion to God showed her the truth. It was first recorded by Christian rock group MercyMe and crossed over to mainstream charts. The tune describes the hopeful wondering of what it will be like when the narrator stands before God: Surrounded by Your glory, what will my heart feel?

Will I dance for You Jesus, or in awe of You be still? Will I stand in Your presence, or to my knees will I fall? Will I sing "hallelujah," will I be able to speak at all? I can only imagine. Fortunately, they both survive the incident, and she credits Jesus for steering her to safety. Immediately following the harrowing event, she recommits herself to Christ, letting Him take the wheel in steering her life.

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