Advent Study 2018: "The Time of No Room" from Thomas Merton

“We live in the time of no room, which is the time of the end. The time when everyone is obsessed with lack of time, lack of space, with saving time, conquering space, projecting into time and space the anguish produced within them by the technological furies of size, volume, quality, speed, number, price, power, and acceleration. ...As the end approaches, there is no room for nature. The cities crowd it off the face of the Earth. As the end approaches, there is no room for quiet. There is no room for solitude. There is no room for thought. There is no room for attention, for the awareness of our state.

Merton continues...

“Into this world, this demented inn in which there is absolutely no room for him at all, Christ comes uninvited. But because he cannot be at home in it, because he is out of place in it and yet he must be in it, his place is with the others for whom there is no room. His place is with those who do not belong, who are rejected by power, because they are regarded as weak, those who are discredited, who are denied status of persons, who are tortured, bombed and exterminated. With those for whom there is no room, Christ is present in this world.”

Join us on Sundays in December, as we meditate together about Thomas Merton’s profound and provocative meditations on the Christmas story and this “time of no room” in which we are living. We hope these conversations will be spacious and offer room for quiet, for reflection, and for God-in-Christ to be present in us and in this sometimes ‘demented inn’ that is our world.

When: Sundays, December 2, 9, 16, and 23, 10:00 a.m.

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