lent meditation: darkness

“…be satisfied to let God lead you to sanctity by paths that you cannot understand. You will travel in darkness in which you will no longer be concerned with yourself and no longer compare yourself with other men…. Having given up all desire to compete with other men, they suddenly wake up and find that the joy of God is everywhere…” (Thomas Merton, New Seeds of Contemplation)

Reminds me of these lines from a poem of Wendell Berry’s. (How about when Wendell came to Duke and had a hugely publicized and attended talk in the Chapel with the pres of the Div school, and old Jones asked Wendell what the Div school could do better, and Wendell basically said, “Shut it down & send the kids to learn how to lay bricks or dig in the soil or do something useful.” Ha. Or ouch.) Sorry, the poem:

“The forest is mostly dark, its ways

to be made anew day after day, the dark

richer than the light and more blessed

provided we stay brave

enough to keep on going in.”

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