MERTON & ME. DAY 25 of 35

So I was taking a break walking around the neighbourhood today trying to get my head out of my paper when my thoughts were interrupted by this 3 year old toddler who was outside sat on a step screaming “Can I come out of time out please? Can I come out of time out please?” All I could do was laugh. Literally laugh. That 3 year old completely expressed how I am feeling about writing this paper!! But alas on we go! 10 more days left then time-out will be done!

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FASTING & FEEDING

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I want to starve . . .
my hopelessness
my fears
my anger
my victim mentality
my worry
my anxiety
my selfishness
my self-righteousness
my judgement
my dividedness
my pessimism
my ego;
you know, all those things that make me small,
that shrivel my heart up,
and make me blind to life, connection,
freedom,
the other, and You.

So today I start
by letting hope feed me
because hope, when I eat it, makes me
feel as though

no circumstance is inherently hopeless.

MERTON & ME. DAY 21 of 35

Two weeks today and the paper will be handed in. Yesterday had another break through with the paper writing which was a relief – the penny dropped so to speak.

Anyway’s here’s where it went . . .

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MERTON & ME. DAY 19 of 35

Been a while since writing in this space. I moved back out to the suburbs last weekend and have been trying to get myself back into the writing head space. It’s been tough. Life has crowded in a little and I’ve been fighting to keep motivated. Upon leaving the city I had written a large chunk of the main section on Merton’s anthropology. I was hoping to get it nailed, however it still remains to be completed.

Drawing on the narrative of Scripture I’ve explained Merton’s view of the human person in 3 movements – life in the garden, the journey of exile and the journey of return. Life in the garden explains the Merton’s unified understanding of the person. Made in the image and likeness of God the person is constituted and animated through their union with God. This union is one of love and life.  Both God and the person are breathing the same air. The person is a unique and unified soul (body, mind, heart). Like God and yet distinct. Out of the outflow of this loving relationship with God the person sees and loves the other as God intends.

The journey of exile describes the fracturing of what was once unified – relations with God, the self and the other. Adam who possessed so much in God desired one more possession – “he wanted to add to the knowledge of good, which he already had, the knowledge of evil” (106, TNM).  Merton suggests that Adam wanted to “know evil in a way in which it was not even known by God . . . by experience” (106, TNM).  His desire for what [Read more...]

MERTON & ME. DAY 14 of 35

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Well today I managed to nail an outline I was reasonably pleased with for the mid section of my paper and begin writing. This section is the main thrust of the paper, where I actually get into the argument in more detail. I decided to start writing this section first as it’s what I perceived to be the most challenging. I’m thankful words flowed and the process is under way. The plan is to have this part of the paper complete by Saturday night so that next week I can write the first set-up section.

Writing has always been a slow process for me. I like to think through concepts and ideas and attempt to make every word count towards conveying what I’m noticing internally. I’m also pretty lame at just letting words flow out onto the screen for a period of time – I enter the editing mode too quickly. Today I really tried to not do this, however it was a big challenge hence not writing as much as I would have liked!! So tomorrow is a new day to try again.

A huge highlight of the day was picking up my niece and nephew (Charis & Alex) from the airport with my mate Charlotte. They’re back for another extended season in Canada. My soul was filled with warm fuzzies and deep, deep joy. They are both beautiful people who I love to be around and I’m excited that we get to share life together for a while. We ate great food, drank tea, and chatted as best as one can with severely jet lagged people!! The Cornish sisters then whisked them away to their beds in Langley whilst I returned to the Bay to dig into two more days of writing. My day off can’t come fast enough especially since Wales play England in the Six Nations on that day. Now I get to watch it in Welsh company!!!!!

Peace out all. So another day closes.