Back in the Day — A Monk’s Reflection

Back in the Day – A Monk’s Reflection


Can you believe that a monk, a mystic, a solitary soul would experience nostalgia for a life of austere sacrifice?  Perhaps Merton knew how to find life in the desert.


“Strange feeling!  Recapturing the freshness of those days when my whole monastic life was ahead of me, when all was still open: but now it is all behind me, and the years have closed in upon their silly, unsatisfactory history one by one.  But the air is like spring and fresh as ever.” Thomas Merton,

Thomas Merton (1915-1968)

Thomas Merton (1915-1968) (Photo credit: DUCKMARX)

November 25, 1967