Saturday, January 11, 2014

Lessons from an Old Blind Carthusian Monk

I came across this here and remembered the scene from Into Great Silence. If you want to make a 3 hour retreat then block out the time and watch this film with an open heart! It pulls you into the silence! Here are the words of the old blind monk:

blind monk
The closer one brings oneself to God, the happier one is. The faster one hurries to meet him. One should have no fear of death. On the contrary! For us, it is a great joy to find a Father once again. … The past, the present, these are human. In God there is no past. Solely the present prevails. And when God sees us, he always sees our entire life. And because He is an infinitely good being, He eternally seeks our well-being. Therefore, there is no cause for worry in any of the things which happen to us. I often thank God that he let me be blinded. I am sure that he let this happen for the good of my soul… It is a pity that the world has lost all sense of God. It is a pity…They have no reason to live anymore. When you abolish the thought of God, why should you go on living on this earth? … One must (never) part from the principle that God is infinitely good, and that all of his actions are in our best interest. Because of this a Christian should always be happy, never unhappy. Because everything that happens is God’s will, and it only happens for the well-being of our soul. Well, this is the most important. God is infinitely good, almighty, and he helps us. This is all one must to, and then one is happy.


d.s. said...

I have watched--actually the better word would be "contemplated" the movie "Into the Great Silence" several times. I particularly love the quote from the blind monk and thank you for sharing it! It is really the essence of the meaning of life. Thankyou!

Diane S.

Chelsea said...

Thanks for visiting and thanks for the link!

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