Tuesday is for Thomas

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I’m starting a new Tuesday blog inspired by Thomas Merton. Merton has had a major role in my life for the last 12 years. At various points, I have read and reread New Seeds of Contemplation and have used A Year With Thomas Merton for several years. Indeed, Merton is one of the more consistent voices in my life.
Merton writes:
Faithful to Truth
In concluding:
1. There can be no doubt, no compromise in my decision to be completely faithful to God’s will and truth, and hence, I must seek always and in everything to act for God’s will and in God’s truth, and thus, to seek with God’s grace to be “a saint,”
2. There must be no doubt, no compromise in my efforts to avoid falsifying this work of truth by considering too much what others approve of and regard as “holy.” In a word, it may happen(or may not) that what God demands of me may make me look less perfect to others, and that it may rob me of their support, their affection, their respect. To become a saint therefore may mean the anguish of looking like, an in a real sense “being”, a sinner, an outcast. It may mean apparent conflict with certain standards that may be wrongly understood by me or by others or by all.
3. The thing is to cling to God’s will and truth in their purity and try to be sincere and to act in all things out of genuine love, so far as I can.

May it be as such for us all…fear not…seek to act out of love in all things!