Anguish - by Thomas Hawk from here
Am indebted to one of my favourite bloggers, Christine of Bliss Chick, for drawing my attention to this Merton quote. It seems a good follow up to the post on environmental anguish published yesterday.
Our vocation is not simply to be, but to work together with God in the creation of our own life, our own identity, our own destiny. We are free beings... This means to say that we should not passively exist, but actively participate in His creative freedom, in our own lives, and in the lives of others, by choosing the truth. To put it better, we are even called to share with God the work of creating the truth of our identity. To work out our own identity in God... is a labor that requires sacrifice and anguish, risk and many tears. It demands close attention to reality at every moment, and great fidelity to God as He reveals Himself, obscurely, in the mystery of each new situation.
--Thomas Merton. New Seeds of Contemplation