Monday, March 30, 2009

Good Thoughts

Contemplation becomes a way of life. I don’t like to think of it so much as something I do but something I am, so I often use the phrase—the contemplative stance. It’s a way of living, moving, and being in this world. I fully admit that we don’t live all of our twenty-four hours there. The world keeps pulling me back into the false self. Put on this hat. Put on this identity. Take on this hurt. Put on this self-importance, and we all do it, and it’s all right as long as we know how to take it back off again.
-Richard Rohr ofm

Finally I am coming to the conclusion that my highest ambition is to be what I already am. That I will never fulfill my obligation to surpass myself unless I first accept myself, and if I accept myself fully in the right way, I will already have surpassed myself.
-Thomas Merton

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