The world and time are the dance of the Lord
The silence of the spheres is the music of
a wedding feast.
The more we persist in misunderstanding the phenomena
the more we analyze them out into strange finalities
and complex purposes of our own,
the more we involve ourselves in sadness, absurdity and
But it does not matter much,
because no despair of ours can alter the
reality of things,
or stain the joy of the cosmic dance which is always there.
Indeed we are in the midst of it,
and it is in the midst of us,
for it beats in our very blood, whether we
want it to or not.
Yet the fact remains that we are invited to forget
ourselves on purpose,
cast our awful solemnity to the winds and join in the
(Thomas Merton:New seeds of contemplation)here.