ON TODAY'S SITE:
Kay Murdy, Thomas Merton, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Book of Isaiah, W. H. Auden
Like a golf ball hit into the rough, sometimes we find ourselves trapped in hot
sand. It's usually a parched, painful journey out of a personal desert. We know
we're in one when everything we touch crumbles into dust and we seem to be just
spinning our wheels in the sand. It may not feel like it, but the experience ultimately
is cleansing. We are forced to lighten our load of attachments and earthly desires.
We are more likely to hear our inner song in the silence of our desert. In our search
for relief, our spring of refreshment will be found in His waters of Love. So if you
are crawling over hot sand today, hang in there. You are being guided, still.
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In the fourth century, a monastic way of life was founded
in the desert in opposition to the growing worldliness of
the church. St. Basil wrote, "The desert was filled with
mourners." These hermits did not think of the desert as
lonely but as being alone with God. The desert calls us to
get rid of excess baggage and travel lightly. There is a
story of a pilgrim who stopped for the night at a desert
monastery. When he was taken to his room, he saw that
it was sparsely furnished. "Where is your furniture?" he
asked the abbot. "Where is yours?" the abbot replied.
"I am only a traveler passing through," the pilgrim
answered. "So am I," said the abbot.
...In the desert, we are cleansed of our worldly
attachments. When we go into the desert we
are forced to face our internal and external
"demons." When they are subdued,
they become "angels."
The desert represents a period in our lives
when nothing seems to be happening, a
seemingly wasted, unproductive time...
Excerpted from "From Pharaoh to The Father ,"
by Kay Murdy
Resource Publications, Inc., 2000
The Desert Fathers believed that the wilderness
had been created as supremely valuable in the
eyes of God precisely because it had not value
to men. The wasteland was the land that
could never be wasted by men because
it offered them nothing...
...The desert is therefore the logical dwelling
place for the man who seeks to be nothing
but himself--that is to say, a creature solitary
and poor and dependent upon no one but
God, with no great project standing
between himself and his Creator.
Excerpted from "Thoughts in Solitude,"
by Thomas Merton
Farrar - Straus - Giroux, 1958
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What makes the desert beautiful
is that somewhere it hides a well.
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1900-1944)
French pilot, author of "The Little Prince"
The desert and the parched land will be glad;
the wilderness will rejoice and blossom.
Like the crocus it will burst into bloom;
it will rejoice greatly and shout for joy.
Strengthen the feeble hands,
steady the knees that give way;
say to those with fearful hearts,
"Be strong, do not fear;
your God will come..."
Isaiah 35:1-2, 3-4
The Holy Bible
New International Version
The Last Word:
In the deserts of the heart let the healing
fountain start. In the prison of his days
teach the free man how to praise.
W. H. Auden (1907-1973)
English-born American poet & editor
Utterly Random Bonus Quote:
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?
Mary Oliver (1935 - )
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