This is more than our doings, our unselfish charity and obeying His commandments. Loving God is the one desire that cannot fail. He sees each person as part of the continent and not as an island. Death is universal but God claims our lives in different ways. Eventually all shall be sick to death, and this affliction. My normal style of reading is to devour books in a couple days, but I had to pace myself with this to give time to dwell on the life-changing truths. The Bible has more than enough vagueness in itself, but that has also its own historic reasons.
There's some debate about what precisely what was meant. Jesus died on the Cross because of the infinite love of God for men. The loss of the individual eventually amounts to a diminution of the collective; the macrocosm is never entirely insulated from the ongoings of the microcosmic. Therefore, psychologists argue that it is impossible for a person to live alone in this world. The Spirit of God will teach us how to live by His law of charity, peacefully, humbly, simply, and wisely so that we love others more that ourselves as Jesus loved us John 15:12. He affirms that the church is one body, and everything that happens in that body, from baptism to burial, affects him as a member of the body. He exposes false love, and examines the mechanics of proper and pure love.
On the other hand, if people are disunited, they can never survive anywhere in the world. His direct and simple language still allow him to communicate profound truths. The Spirit of God will move us secretly toward an internal solitude whether we are alone on in a busy environment. Overall, it has its dry patches, but it also has some really important things to say about human life, so definitely check it out if you're interested in religion and spirituality. As a quasi-skeptic and seeker of truth with a history with religion, I found plenty to think about and relate to here, but also plenty to qu A good read, but might be more frustrating than enlightening depending on where you're coming from. Its about connections and faith and hope and love and compassion and reflection and giving ourselves to the present.
You will become a better person a better human being the person that you want to be rather the person you want people to see and it will not be a false illusion rather a sincere presense of a human being that unfortunetly can be far and few between. The promontory jutting out of the sea is as exposed to the vagaries and scruples of destruction by the forces of the sea and the wind, as much as man is susceptible to the bereavement of what he holds near and dear. I understood bits and pieces but it was not easy to put the puzzle together. Many things bring about that translation, from illness or age to war or justice. The work is a series of reflections which he wrote as he recovered from a serious illness. This will not stop me from trying to describe my love for Merton. I read this a few years ago and return to it again and again.
Part of it is just life in general, but part of it is becoming caught up in the ways of our modern world. Man is a social animal, we do not see it, but what happens to one person happens to everyone. All in all, a disappointment. Donne admits that it indeed is possible that it is tolling for him. I must trust in God of my own free will and believe in His grace. This echoes the sentiment behind verses like Revelation 2: 27; where people are shepherded with an iron rod, so they will be broken to pieces like clay vessels, and made into a new being. Merton seems to strike the proper balance between mysticism and practical living, or rather mysticism in practical living.
Of course, the second of the two proverbial phrases above was the inspiration for Ernest Hemingway's 1940 novel For Whom The Bell Tolls, which is regarded as one of his best works. We need to find our own individual meaning of our existence from within. A concept like iron ore tortured in the furnace, to produce the purity of the finest steal. I read it every few years. He saw that man needed a woman in order to survive. I found Merton's writings difficult at first to absorb, as he has a tendency to be long winded and unclear.
It is clear that God knew that nobody in this world could live and survive alone. I kept forgetting that I was borrowing a friend's copy of the book, so I would fumble for a pen to notate all the epiphanies I came across, only to be frustrated at the fact that I had to leave the pages blank! They planned and calculated their every move and eventually they were able to gain independence Raphael, 2012. And by active Catholic, I mean he doesn't take his faith for granted but is actively engaged in probing it's meaning. Hope and Faith tell me Jesus loves me. These are like roadside signposts that point to a distant city. We will realize our past sins and selfishness. I wish I could state more articutely spelling and more precisely on why this book is what it is but I simply can't because it just is.
Because it is all true. Our prayer is a gift of God. Cognizance of this oneness, of the commonality of what we all share in our identities and behaviors, can help combat the woes inflicted by the reality of mortality. The bell which tolls in silent remembrance of the deceased is there to remind all of us that it is our loss. No man is an island What's the meaning of the phrase 'No man is an island'? We develop our moral conscience by prayer but not our consciousness. We must therefore at the least acknowledge that our subconscious does exist and that there are areas we must open our ears to with humility. The quote comes from John Donne, a 17th-century English clergyman, and the relevant passage is available at : No man is an Island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the Continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friends or of thine own were; any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankind; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee.
So far, I find this a very. Right from the first page. Any limit on our love for and hope in God is a sin because by sin we withdraw from God and hope in and serve some other master. This will not stop me from trying to describe my love for Merton. Matter of tastes, but I need examples if you want me to understand what you are saying with your philosophical meanderings.