It is the only way. It is the way everybody has lost.
...It is life, this thing in the woods. I do not claim
it is real. All I say is that it it the life that has
chosen itself for me." ~ Thomas Merton
Although Lent is over a month away, I can't avoid sensing the contemplative atmosphere that time of year evokes. I'm especially envious of those venerable monks, who will uniquely experience the Lenten season and the Easter Triduum within the cloister of their monastery.
Here is something you probably already new, but it's so amazing that it's worth repeating: When I was discerning a call to the priesthood, Father Tony, at the time the vocations director for the Diocese of Las Vegas, mentioned that some monks - namely hermits - had reached a level so profound in their prayer life that they no longer necessitated human interaction to remain sane (most people need human interaction to retain their sanity). God became so palpable through prayer and contemplation, that solitude was not lonely; silence was not vacuous. If you are at this stage in your prayer life, you truly have achieved what very, very few people have successfully accomplished. And now that I think about it, the words "success" and "accomplish" are wholly inappropriate to describe this level of profundity in one's prayer life. After all, when we discuss hermits and monks, we are talking about a vocation, a calling to a life that is an extension of who and what you are on the inside.
I anxiously await the beginning of Lent, the renewal of a new beginning, and the celebration of the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.
On a lesser note, I have decided to get another pet. More on that in just a few short days. Thank you to all of you for your encouragement and, above all, for your prayers.
I leave you with "O Filii et Filiae" as a way to kindle your Lenten fervour. This version, although not in Latin, has a rich harmony and an echoey choir sound.
O Filii et Filiae (O Sons and Daughters) - The Cathedral Singers, Richard Proulx (conductor)