“Only connect,” wrote E.M. Forster. I’ve been very touched by the comments–by the conversation–emerging in this blog. It gives me faith–not just that Parabola can been made new for new times–but in that mysterious process that allows like-minded people to find one another. Earlier this week, I spoke on the phone with Bob Toth from the Merton Center for Contemplative Living. He told me that he can’t think of another journal out there that is a better vehicle for Thomas Merton’s own vision of helping people find a way to a more contemplative way of life. How wonderful to hear this! But it struck me as he spoke that Parabola really is a community–and part of a larger community.
A parabola (in our context) is the bridge, the arc, the covenant that connects the Highest with the individual. It is the promise that life has meaning–and that the Highest can make itself known in depths of individual lives. It’s been my dream to make the journal Parabola vibrant and relevant, deep but practical–really meant to be used in peoples’ lives. But I see more and more clearly that what we really need to do in this world is make ourselves available, empty ourselves, so we can serve a purpose greater than our own. So please comment, if you are inspired. Or blog and twitter. If you have talents or interests you would like to share, let us know. And tell your friends! Let’s let this be a different kind of community, the place where spiritual traditions meet. (I can’t help thinking of it as meeting at the online river).
Have a beautiful weekend. Here’s a great quote from Merton:
“Contemplation is the highest expression of man’s intellectual and spiritual life. It is that life itself, fully awake, fully active, fully aware that it is alive. It is spiritual wonder. It is spontaneous awe at the sacredness of life, of being. It is gratitude for life, for awareness, and for being. It is a vivid realization of the fact that life and being in us proceed from an invisible, transcendent and infinitely abundant Source. Contemplation is, above all, an awareness of the reality of that Source.”