Thomas Merton reflects on the mystery of secrets in this devotional:
God does not tell His purest secrets to one who is prepared to reveal them. He has secrets which He tells to those who will communicate some idea of them to others. But these secrets are the common property of many. He has other secrets, which cannot be told. The mere desire to tell them makes us incapable of receiving them.
The greatest of God’s secrets is God Himself.
He waits to communicate Himself to me in a way that I can never express to others or even think about coherently to myself. I must desire it in silence. It is for this that I must leave all things.
Christian Wiman alludes to this idea in his marvellous book, “He Held Radical Light“. At one point he writes about abstractions “entering a poem the way God enters a poem, apologetically almost, or worse, automatically, in any event with an air of failure to it, a big sign posted next to a big abyss that says This Way to All That I Cannot Say.”
What is it about the mysteries and secrets of God that draws you to Him?
This is a fascinating but challenging post. I have to read it a few more times. But quoting Jean Vanier about secrets might not have been the best choice, as he himself harbored a secret life in which he sexually abused many women working in L’Arche. I was a huge devotee of Vanier for decades – and I often quoted him, as you do here. When those revelations came out I was devastated.
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I agree, and I hesitated to further quote Vanier (still do hesitate). On reflection I will edit this piece. Thanks for your comments.