Words

April 1, 2011

A certain brother came, once, to Abbot Theodore of Pherne, and spent three days begging him to let him hear a word. The Abbot however did not answer him, and he went off sad. So a disciple said to Abbot Theodore: Father, why did you not speak to him? Now he has gone off sad! The elder replied: Believe me, I spoke no word to him because he is a trader in words, and seeks to glory in the words of another.

(From Thomas Merton — The Wisdom of the Desert)

2 Responses to “Words”

  1. Matthew Says:

    This isn’t an obscure way of announcing your retirement from blogging, is it? 😉

  2. cburrell Says:

    I’m afraid not.


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