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“One of the best things for me when I went to the hermitage was being attentive to the times of the day:  when the birds began to sing, and the deer came out of the morning fog, and the sun came up – while in the monastery, summer or winter, Lauds is at the same hour.  The reason why we don’t take time is a feeling that we have to keep moving.  This is a real sickness.  Today time is commodity, and for each one of us time is mortgaged.  We experience time as unlimited indebtedness.  We are sharecroppers of time.  We are threatened by a chain reaction:  overwork–overstimulation–overcompensation–overkill.
“We must approach the whole idea of time in a new way.  We are free to love.  And you must get free from all imaginary claims.  We live in the fullness of time.  Every moment is God’s own good time, his kairos.  The whole thing boils down to giving ourselves in prayer a chance to realize that we have what we seek.  We don’t have to rush after it.  It is there all the time, and if we give it time it will make itself known to us.”
Thomas MertonBirds and purple sky
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