Thomas Merton, in writing about the vocation of a monk, said: “The monk is not defined by his task, his usefulness. In a certain sense, he is supposed to be ‘useless’ because his mission is not to do this or that but to be a man of God.”

Tom Ashbrook, in his book Mansions of the Heart, speaks to the idea that we all have an “inner monk” that needs to be nourished. What he meant is that all of us, having been created in the image of God, have a longing for God – a longing to just be in His presence and know Him with all our being. In a world that values doing over being and accomplishments over character, it is difficult to nurture our inner monk. It is not easy to “be still and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10)

Last spring, I wrote the following as an expression of my desire in this …

To become useless, dare I be?

A new way to live

Desiring to be free

Letting go of want

To simply do I release

Entering into being

Entering into peace



~ by Ted Wueste on November 3, 2012.

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