Engagement in a World That Seems Upside Down
‘Some (people) have perhaps become hermits with the thought that sanctity could only be attained by escape from others. But the only justification for a life of deliberate solitude is the conviction that it will help you to love not only God but also others. If you go into the desert merely to get away from people you dislike, you will find neither peace nor solitude; you will only isolate yourself with a tribe of devils.’
-Thomas Merton, Seeds of Contemplation, page 52
There are moments when it is tempting to withdraw from the world. Merton suggests otherwise. What do you think? How does your thinking influence your theology and your practice?
Dr. David Oyler