“Ask me not where I live or what I like to eat…ask me what I think I am living for, in detail, and ask me what I think is keeping me from living fully for the thing I want to live for.”
-Thomas Merton as quoted by Ruth Haley Barton in Life Together in Christ
This 50 year old line from Merton gives us a much needed corrective on our current glut of social media posts and photos of where I’ve been, what I’ve eaten, and who I’ve seen.
I’ve been accused of being too quiet, too standoffish. However, it’s not that I don’t want to talk to you. It’s that I want to talk about things that matter. What is the state of your soul? Tell me about your soul adventures!
“I disapprove of the usual practice of talking ‘small talk’…I hunger for others to tell me their soul adventures.”
-Frank Laubach in Letters by a Modern Mystic