Thomas Mertonwas born in France in 1915, and during his younger years religion seemed unimportant. They moved a lot–his life was hectic, where for the most part he never seemed able to settle anywhere–they moved to New York, and then for a short time to Bermuda. After that he spent some time in a French boarding school, until his father decided they were both going to England–so Merton had to…
Thomas Merton, The Seven Storey Mountain
But then there was this shadow, this double, this writer who had followed me into the cloister.
He is still on my track. He rides my shoulders, sometimes, like the old man of the sea. I cannot lose him. He still wears the name of Thomas Merton. Is it the name of an enemy?
He is supposed to be dead.
But he stands and meets me in the doorway of all my prayers, and follows me into church. He kneels with me behind the pillar, the Judas, and talks to me all the time in my ear.
I’m a nine-year-old Catholic, and every time I go to Mass I remember why I am so glad to be Catholic. It doesn’t have to be Lent or even Easter Vigil (even though that’s my favorite.)
Mass is literally Heaven on earth, and nothing will ever be able to replace it now that I’ve realized that. If only more people were taught this while young–taught to feel it as well as just know–we wouldn’t have…
Vincent van Gogh - From ‘Almond Blossoms’ Series (1888-1890)
I just want somebody who will never stop choosing me.A.G. (via lzgllz)
such beautiful pieces!
Originally posted on joy of nine9:
Maundy Thursday – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Ann Chapman:St. John the Evangelist laid his head upon Jesus’ Chest at the Last Supper.- living artist
Gaston La Touche, “The Last Supper,” 1897.
The Last Supper by Jaume Huguet
Leonardo de Vinci’s painting,
For some reason, this time of the year I always feel like being a painter again. I don’t pretend I will ever be professional, but I like making things–with all sorts of mediums. I dug out my stash of watercolors again and painted something.
The title is “rebirthday” because 4/17 is the day I was baptized. I got sentimental, okay?
I can eventually get more realistic if I just practice. The…
Before my baptism in 2005, the Sacred Heart devotion was already important to my spiritual life.
April 17 marks my ninth year as a baptized Catholic. I found myself reflecting on the years since Mom decided we’d go back to church. I don’t remember the actual moment I was baptized; rather, emotions come to mind–such as the sensation of belonging. I was young, but still knew I’d come home.