Daily Riches: Held Fast by the Bonds of Love (Albert the Great and Thomas Merton)

“Therefore, banish from your heart the distractions of earth. Turn your eyes to spiritual joys so that you may learn at last to rest in the light of the contemplation of God. Indeed, the soul’s true life and repose are to abide in God, held fast by love and refreshed by divine consolations. …Little by little as you abandon baser things to rest in the one true and unchangeable Good, you will dwell there, held fast by the bonds of love.”  Albert the Great

“… monasticism aims at the cultivation of a certain quality of life, a level of awareness, a depth of consciousness, an area of transcendence and of adoration which are not usually possible in an active secular existence. This does not …mean that worldly life is to be considered wicked or even inferior. But it does mean that more immersion and total absorption in worldly business ends by robbing one of a certain necessary perspective. The monk seeks to be free from what William Faulkner called ‘the same frantic steeplechase toward nothing’ which is the essence of ‘worldliness’ everywhere.” Thomas Merton

“There is noting to live for but God, and I am still full of the orchestras that drown His Voice.” Merton

 “This is what the Lord says:
‘Stand at the crossroads and look;
ask for the ancient paths,
ask where the good way is,
and walk in it,
and you will find rest
for your souls.’”
Jeremiah 6:16

Moving From the Head to the Heart

  • Are you learning to “abide in God, held fast by love and refreshed by divine consolations?”
  • Are you able to rest in God who is Good, and “dwell there, held fast by the bonds of love?”
  • Have you become a victim of the “frantic steeplechase toward nothing?”
  • Can you offer yourself up to God as you are, including any “baser things” or distracting “orchestras” – asking him for a deeper experience of his love? Can you do that now?

Abba, help me to turn from the distractions of earth, and put away baser things – including any frenzied living – that keeps me from experiencing the consolations of your love.


For More: The Lives of the Saints by Bert Bhezzi.


These “Daily Riches” are for your encouragement as you seek after God and he seeks after you. I hope you’ll follow my blog, and share it. My goal is to share something of unique value with you daily in 400 words or less. I appreciate your interest!  –  Bill (Psalm 90:14)

“I practice daily what I believe; everything else is religious talk.”

2 thoughts on “Daily Riches: Held Fast by the Bonds of Love (Albert the Great and Thomas Merton)

  1. It’s not easy to step off the “frantic steeplechase toward nothing”. I haven’t found a way yet. And even in the religious orders I have visited, the steeplechase is ever present… I wonder if it is still possible to not step on it.


    • In our day especially. We’re always in such a hurry, always striving. What you said about the religious orders is interesting, and I suppose, not that surprising. I do much better than I used to most of the time (with hurry), but at any moment the old way can return. “We fall down, we get up. We fall down, We get up.” 🙂 It’s why I keep returning to quotes on these key practices. Thanks for your note Anyushka.

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