Posts Tagged ‘condemn’

The Gift

February 4, 2008

Mondays can be hard days. You pull yourself back into the week, sometimes energized, sometimes entering the day in stealth mode, tip-toeing down the hall, looking over your shoulder to see if you’re about to be ambushed. Cheery slogans feel like fingernails on the blackboard. My thought – just lay the cards on the table and say what you’re facing out loud, then get on with it. Thomas Merton puts it right out there, a kind of “your mission if you choose to accept it is:”

“If a writer is so cautious that he never writes anything than cannot be criticized, he will never be able to write anything that can be read. If you want to help other people, you have got to make up your mind to write things that some men will condemn.”

Thomas Merton, from Echoing Silence

Now that the challenge has been stated, you know what you have to do….