By Thomas Merton
An intensely own devotional e-book from Thomas Merton, the final word non secular author of our time, displaying his contemplative and spiritual part via his prayers and rarely-seen drawings. the single Merton reward ebook available.
Dialogues with Silence incorporates a number of prayers from all through Merton's life--from his journals, letters, poetry, books--accompanied by means of all a hundred of Merton's hardly ever noticeable, pleasant Zen-like pen-and-ink drawings, and may allure new readers in addition to Merton devotees. there isn't any different Merton devotional like this, and the paperback variation should be elegantly designed and packaged.
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Thus he is the identity of God and man, made objective according to the usual mode of thought in religion, namely, as in itself a distinct being. But for us this unity or identity is already involved in the idea of the Father, and yet more in that of the Son. Hence we need not make the Holy Spirit a separate object of our analysis. Only this one remark further. In so far as the Holy Spirit represents the subjective phase, he is properly the representation of the religious sentiment to itself, the representation of religious emotion, of religious enthusiasm, or the personification, the rendering objective of religion in religion.
Why, the hands did not make this image, but the mind which animated the hands, the imagination; and if God makes an image of himself, that also is only a product of the imagination. Or does the distinction proceed from this, that the Image of God is produced by God himself, whereas the image of the saint is made by another? Why, the image of the saint is also a product of the saint himself : for he appears to the artist; the artist only represents him as he appears. Connected with the nature of the image is another definition of the second Person, namely, that he is the Word of God.
Does he not then love man as the true man loves his fellow? Has love a plural? Is it not everywhere like itself? What then is the true unfalsified import of the Incarnation but absolute, pure love, without adjunct, without a distinction between divine and human love? For though there is also a self-interested love among men, still the true human love, which is alone worthy of this name, is that which impels the sacrifice of self to another. Who then is our Saviour and Redeemer? God or Love? Love; for God as God has not saved us, but Love, which transcends the difference between the divine and human personality.