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Christ in this World

“Into this world, this demented inn in which there is absolutely no room for him at all,

Christ comes uninvited.

But because he cannot be at home in it, because he is out of place in it, and yet he must be in it, His place is with the others for whom there is no room.

His place is with those who do not belong, who are rejected by power, because they are regarded as weak, those who are discredited, who are denied status of persons, who are tortured, bombed and exterminated.

With those for whom there is no room, Christ is present in this world.”

– Thomas Merton

Christ in this World

You are Invited

“For those who have come to grow, the whole world is a garden.
For those who wish to remain in the dream, the whole world is a stage.
For those who have come to learn, the whole world is a university.
For those who have come to know God, the whole world is a temple.”

-Bawa Muhaiyaddeen, a Sufi Mystic

You are Invited

Your Invitation

“For those who have come to grow,
the whole world is a garden.

For those who wish to remain in the dream,
the whole world is a stage.

For those who have come to learn,
the whole world is a university.

For those who have come to know God,
the whole world is a temple.”
~Bawa Muhaiyaddeen, a Sufi Mystic

Your Invitation

I will not fear

Thomas Merton, a Roman Catholic Trappist monk would have been 100 years old today. When I was a teenager, I read his The Seven Storey Mountain. The book strongly influenced my life, career path and my faith decisions.

This prayer is from that book. It’s offers a very unique glimpse into the inner prayer life of one of the most spiritually contemplative mystics of the 20th century.

Over the years, I’ve used the prayer often and offered it to many along their paths…survivors grieving the loss of a love; addicts struggling with recovery or sobriety; prisoners seeking forgiveness; depressed and fearful souls searching for hope…

You might pray it often:

“My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going.
I do not see the road ahead of me.
I cannot know for certain where it will end.
Nor do I really know myself,
and the fact that I think that I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so.
But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you.
And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing.
I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire.
And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road, though I may know nothing about it.
Therefore will I trust you always, though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death.
I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.”
~Thomas Merton

I will not fear

Sufi Mystic Invitation

Earthrise: "the most influential environmental photograph ever taken." (Life Magazine's 100 Photographs that Changed the World).
Earthrise: “the most influential environmental photograph ever taken.” (Life Magazine’s 100 Photographs that Changed the World).

“For those who have come to grow, the whole world is a garden.
For those who wish to remain in the dream the whole world is a stage.
For those who have come to learn, the whole world is a university.
For those who have come to know God, the whole world is a temple.”
– Bawa Muhaiyaddeen

Sufi Mystic Invitation