We take them for our own and destroy them

Originally posted on my short-lived Christian spirituality-only blog, “The Night is as Bright as the Day (deepseastarryheaven.wordpress.com).

October 2, 2013

“His alone is the gentlest of loves: whose pure flame

respects all things.

God, Who owns all things, leaves them all to themselves.

He never takes them for His own,

The way we take them for our own and destroy them.

He leaves them to themselves. …

“His love is not like ours. His love is unpossessive.

His love is pure because it needs nothing.”

Thomas Merton (1915-1968), A Book of Hours.