Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Quiet Expression Of Our Inner Life

"I do believe that one day I won't even take so much notice of my life but let it be as it is and trust that as I open myself to God, God continues to work behind the scenes. The outcome in some ways, is none of my concern."

I wrote that in a post last week. This morning, courtesy inwardoutward, was a quote by Thomas Merton that says it so much better.
In the Quiet of Our Own Being

It is useless to try to make peace with ourselves by being pleased with everything we have done. In order to settle down in the quiet of our own being we must learn to be detached from the results of our own activity. We must withdraw ourselves, to some extent, from the effects that are beyond our control and be content with the good will and the work that are the quiet expression of our inner life. We must be content to live without watching ourselves live, to work without expecting any immediate reward, to love without an instantaneous satisfaction, and to exist without any special recognition.

Source: No Man Is an Island by Thomas Merton

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

AMEN!!! Slowly..... Painfully.....