More from Thomas Merton:

” Justify my soul, O God, but also from your fountains fill my will with fire. Shine in my mind, although perhaps this means ‘be darkness to my experience,’ but occupy my heart with Your tremendous Life… Untie my hands and deliver my heart from sloth. Set me free from the laziness that goes about disguised as activity when activity is not required of me… But give me the strength that waits upon you in silence and peace. Give me the humility in which alone is rest… And possess my whole heart and soul with the simplicity of love” (New Seeds of Contemplation).

(My amazing husband took this picture in Albania a few summers ago.)