Silence is not a virtue, noise not a sin. True. But the turmoil and confusion and constant noise of modern society are the expression of the ambiance of its greatest sins - its godlessness, its despair. A world of propaganda, of endless argument, vituperation, criticism, or simply of chatter, is a world of atheism.
Thomas Merton, journal entry, 1950
Spiritual joy depends on the cross. Unless we deny ourselves, we will find ourselves in everything and that is misery…It is not complicated to lead the spiritual life. But it is difficult…It is when we are angry at our own mistakes that we tend most of all to deny ourselves for love of ourselves. We want to shake off the hateful thing that has humbled us…The thing to do when you have made a mistake is not to give up doing what you were doing and start something altogether new, but to start over again with the thing you began badly and try, for the love of God, to do it well.
Thomas Merton, journal entry, 1949
How true it is that our knowledge and sense and experience of God is so much sharper and cleaner when we are uncomfortable and hot and physically cramped and suffering than when we are cool and at rest.
Thomas Merton, journal entry 1949
Back Soon


I will be taking some time off and won’t be blogging for a while.  Fortunately, enough of my “blog staff” will be around to continue Merton Monday through July so check in for that.

I trust that Christendom and the hundreds of thousands of readers of this blog around the world, from every tribe, and in every time zone will survive until I return in mid-August.

July 4

"Anyone who seeks a more perfect union should begin by seeking the perfection of their own soul. Anyone who would save their country should first look to save themselves. ‘Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and all of these things will be added to you.’ " - Ross Douthat

Ross Douthat is a columnist for The New York Times.
Patriotism and Faith


Here is an interesting take on how to celebrate the 4th of July as a Christian.  It is written by Pastor Mark Ralls who is a Methodist Pastor in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Some Christians love to make the country the faith, while others tend to be rather cynical when it comes to faith and country.  Ralls draws upon the example of Moravian Christians for something to think about.

The Apocalypse Is Upon Us


A church in Florida centered its service on Sunday around praying for LeBron James, the superstar of the basketball Miami Heat, to re-sign with the team.


Not making this up folks.  See it here.

This is one of the reasons the church is in such an impoverished condition.  So glad to see we have our priorities straight.  Must have been tremendously spiritually nourishing.

New director for The Mount

We have a new Director for The Mount and her name is Melissa Dolloff.


The first movement in all prayer, together with faith in His Presence, ought to be the desire to know His will and to abandon oneself entirely to all His dispositions and desires.
Thomas Merton, journal entry, 1948


One more listen to “Summertime”.  Anyone remember Billy Preston?  If you love the Hammond B3, you’ll love this.

Utahgrace only doing our duty to get the summertime vibe happening.