Acquire the spirit of peace and a thousand souls shall be saved around you.
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find a sparse place that humbles you, leaves you leaner so you might know beauty and bend like a reed in the wind but never break/find your comfort and warmth in a stack of blankets/no need for public acclaim, ambition or success
find the pure act, your pure act
play well your best gift so others may do the same/live the natural, ineffable flow/improvise/unique harmony follows
God as pure act
many languish in potential, living a muffled, unrealized yearning for is-ness/being that is God
be immediate, in the moment/fully present
Time as nearness to God: in the minute RIGHT NOW/every minute/physical, mental, emotional, social, intellectual, interpersonal acuity = spiritual existence/every breath
the essence of God in the essence of pure act in immediate time, time after time
Trusting God, time, you, other, The Whole
live to edge closer to pure act, no intervening person, event, task – BEING/ be a loving presence/allow for exile
Time is best consumed inside and alone – minute after minute, hour after hour, day after day, month after month, year after year
Vocation? Lover, Friend, Monk
see the world without, and within
share but never shout/settle in yourself/help others to that place
breathe and write for yourself/do each every day – the former more than once each day
faith and art are the same/they occupy a life well lived
Gift? You fully alive, shared quietly in gentle voice, few words, soft shades.
Note: Robert Lax was a friend and classmate of Thomas Merton. A Jew, he converted to Catholicism and abandoned American life for the Greek islands and a solitary life of poetry. He lived life as pure act so others might as well.
This blog is inspired by the words of Michael N. McGregor in his excellent article about Robert Lax in the Winter edition of Notre Dame Magazine, Winter 2015-2016.