I was first introduced to Thomas Merton through the poetry of Sheila Cussons, an artist who used her art to make sense of the unfathomable. Earlier today I came across something that Merton said that addresses a mystery that I have been grappling with for some time – that of the Bible as a book that is so unlike any other black on white text: “By reading the scriptures I am so renewed that all nature seems renewed around me and with me. The sky seems to be a pure, a cooler blue, the trees a deeper green. The whole world is charged with the glory of God and I feel fire and music under my feet.”

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