God, Please Forgive Us.
"I love the woods, particularly around the hermitage. Know every tree, every animal, every bird."
Thomas Merton on Ecology, Spirituality, Human Destruction and Silence.
"... I am most sickened by the things that are done by the country that surrounds this place... There is the non-ecology, the destructive unbalance of nature, poisoned and unsettled by bombs, by fallout, by exploitation: the land ruined, the waters contaminated, the soil charged with chemicals, ravaged with machinery, the houses of farmers falling apart because everybody goes to the city and stays there . . .
It is necessary for me to live here alone without a woman, for the silence of the forest is my bride and the sweet dark warmth of the whole world is my love, and out of the heart of that dark warmth comes the secret that is heard only in silence, but it is the root of all the secrets that are whispered by all the lovers in their beds all over the world. I have an obligation to preserve the stillness, the silence, the poverty, the virginal point of pure nothingness which is at the center of all other loves. I cultivate this plant silently in the middle of the night and water it with psalms and prophecies in silence. It becomes the most beautiful of all the trees in the garden, at once the primordial paradise tree, the axis mundi, the cosmic axle, and the Cross."
Thanks to Richard Rohr for this exceptional quote about contemporary hermit Fr. Thomas Merton.
Image: Unknown Source Nov 24, 2020
Landfill burning just 3 miles from my house. I had no idea that the Landfill was burning, only that I was itching like when the fires raged last summer. My God, forgive us all.