By Thomas Merton
While Thomas Merton died by accident in Bangkok in 1968, the loved Trappist monk's will certain that his own diaries now not be released for 25 years -- most likely simply because they contained his uncensored suggestions and emotions. Now, 1 / 4 of a century has handed considering Merton's demise, and the journals are the final significant piece of writing to seem via the twentieth century's most vital non secular author. the 1st of 7 volumes, Run to the Mountain bargains an intimate glimpse on the internal lifetime of a tender, pre-monastic Merton. right here readers will witness the insatiably curious graduate scholar in New York's Greenwich Village cave in to the tentative religious seeker and wonderful author. Merton playfully lists every thing from his favourite traces of poetry and songs to the issues he so much loves and hates. Thomas Merton used to be an inveterate diarist; his journals supply an entire and candid examine the wealthy variations of his grownup existence. As Brother Patrick Hart, basic editor of the sequence notes, "Perhaps his top writing are available within the journals, the place he was once expressing what was once private in his middle without considered censorship. With their booklet we are going to have as whole an image of Thomas Merton as we will be able to wish to have."
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3. It does not concern anyone but those I have told: no: it concerns everyone in the world. 17 4. I will eventually say the same thing about five or seven people. B. (funny, Kay Boyle’s initials) is what is so good about her, for the benefit of any mean bastard reads this thinks I want to rip anybody up the back. If Doris Raleigh never said she liked Middleton’s “Roaring Girl” I sure bet she does. I say this for no purpose at all except I have said it to myself all day, and am now putting it down in writing.
But the smell of flowers reminds the intellect only of its own previous happiness, and the only real happiness it can have is in the love of God. What the soul enjoys in the world is still only itself and God, not things. The soul enjoys God, not the smell of the flower. Your nostrils enjoy a smell, or perceive it: but they don’t know whether they enjoy it or hate it. They can only catch it, they cannot make any decisions about it, although I suppose there are some smells too much even for the nose, that is not a decision made by the nose, not to like that smell, it is the nose’s weakness and deficiency, that it can’t stand the smell: it might be either excruciatingly bad or excruciatingly good; all the nostrils know is, it is too much.
3. Harry Rosenstein–a kid always worrying about what 1928 was like, looking up facts in books etc. Harold Lloyd, after being beaten up by the whole football team, staggers to his feet, dumbly, bravely, like Harry Rosenstein looking for 1928. Great spirit that kid. ) recalled her ships from off the ocean, issued food cards, stopped running trams beyond frontiers, mobilized everybody, stopped mail service, sent all foreigners away except a couple of commentators, now cries on France’s lap, Britain strikes a stern pose, America shouts, Roosevelt girds himself up as Zeus, and still there isn’t going to be a war.