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No Man Is an Island Paperback – October 28, 2002
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"Merton wrote of ageless spiritual life and religious devotion with the knowledge of a modern." (The New York Times ) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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A few thoughts, ones that are obviously directed more narrowly toward other Catholic monks, may generally be less helpful to most readers (I think of basically one chapter). I could offer other minor detraction but it would probably only amount to vanity on my part. It will be more valuable to meditate on these words of Merton:
"Those who love their own noise are impatient of everything else. They constantly defile the silence of the forests and the mountains and the sea. They bore through silent nature in every direction with their machines, for fear that the calm world might accuse them of their own emptiness. The urgency of their swift movement seems to ignore the tranquillity of nature by pretending to have a purpose. The loud plane seems for a moment to deny the reality of the clouds and of the sky, by its direction, its noise, and its pretended strength. The silence of the sky remains when the plane has gone. The tranquility of the clouds will remain when the plane has fallen apart. It is the silence of the world that is real. Our noise, our business, our purposes, and all our fatuous statements about our purposes, our business, and our noise: these are the illusion.Read more ›
My suggestion is for you to read carefully through the list of chapter titles and if more than one of them interests you, purchase the book.
1. Love can only be kept by giving it away (I liked this one)
2. Sentences on hope.
3. Conscience, freedom, and prayer
4. Pure intention
5. The word of the cross
6. Asceticism and sacrifice (this was interesting to me)
7. Being and doing
8. Vocation (a solid chapter)
9. The measure of charity (interesting)
12. Recollection (this made me think a lot)
13. "My soul remembered God"
14. The wind blows where it pleases (this also made me think a lot)
15. The inward solitude (I liked this one)
16. Silence (Merton ends with one of his best)
There are many enemies of the spirit but the first enemy is our own self ( our ego). We love to be in control, to share our opinions, we are so afraid to let go, to go within and listen to the silence. Only when we listen with an open heart can we start living our real self with no mask.
Our busyness turns to a more peaceful existence, we become more creative and less stressed, more grateful and less in need of stimulus, less powerful but more compassionate. We are less fearful and more trusting of ourselves and others. Less depressed and more self accepting.
The inner soul created in the image of God. This is our true being. "To be or not to be that is the question."
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was recommended to me by a former college professor at Goshen College...along with others at my church.Published 4 months ago by Furball
This is a chore to wade through. Very academic, rhetorical style. If written for monks in seclusion, appropriate.Published 6 months ago by r nichols
Very difficult read and understand. Much harder to make sense out of the his autobiography.Published 7 months ago by Peg