Thursday, July 3, 2008

Living out what we think

Our destiny is to live out what we think, because unless we live what we know, we do not even know it. It is only by making our knowledge part of ourselves, through action, that we enter into the reality that is signified by our concepts.

...We are one, body and soul, and unless we live as a unity we must die. Living is not thinking. ...Living is the constant adjustment of thought to life and life to thought in such a way that we are always growing, always experiencing new things in the old and old things in the new.

Thus life is always new.

Thomas Merton, Thoughts in Solitude p. 28


FranIAm said...


How I love Merton. Thanks for this Margaret.

it's margaret said...

Hey Fran!

Yah --he is one of my heroes too!

And, I read your story linked over at MPs. You one funny laughing girl!!! Loved it.

Grandmère Mimi said...

Merton's words are always refreshing.

...thought to life and life to thought....

That is good.

FranIAm said...

Ah yes, sacred and profane.

It is my life.

Hee hee.

Ruth Hull Chatlien said...

Good quotation. It was thought provoking.

it's margaret said...

Hi Ruth --Where did your provoked thoughts take you?

Living as a "unity" took me down incarnational thoughts, and through the present conflict of the church.... that part of the problem is that the ABC has been political instead of at unity with himself....