“And the deepest level of communication is not communication, but communion.  It is wordless.  It is beyond words, and it is beyond speech, and it is beyond concept.  Not that we discover a new unity.  We discover an older unity.  My dear brothers and sisters, we are already one.  But we imagine that we are not.  And what we have to recover is our original unity.  What we have to be is what we are.”

Thomas Merton – Asian Journals


bruce and gladys 2005-06-12 francis guentte photo

with my Aunt Gladys in 2005


In solidarity with you all, young and old





    • I am reading a book that has brought this up… how earlier tribes or societies most often recognized traits like loyalty and the common good (indeed, unity) over individualism and personal profit or greed. Not to say that these were perfect societies. I think your wondering Bob, that modern distractions take us way from the unity of all is an important thing for each of us to ponder during these difficult times. May you and your loved ones take good care. I hope you are still able to find the quiet time in the un-congested areas of the natural world. And to still stay connected with the larger world.

  1. I spent the last week and a half sitting in my empty classroom teaching online. I was able this week to get a headset with mic attached and live chat with the students. It was good to see them and hear their voices again. Now it is spring break and many of us teachers are off contract but still checking in with students in live chats because our school is our community. God bless you and yours Bruce, we are a community.

    • Thank you Mark…. I know the students miss you. I heard that in Alberta when my grand daughter picked up her plastic bag with her belongings outside of her school that she broke into tears. In grade 6 at the end of the year there was supposed to have a special assembly for her last year of elementary. Each student was supposed to be presented with was a bible too, but it was put in the bag instead. Thank god we are in the age when classes and learning can go online…. it’s a life saver for students, parents and teachers (grandparents too.) We are all clothed in a single garment of destiny.
      Peace to you and yours as well.

    • Yes so amazing that it takes this to see the earth is beyond borders. I just read that Louis Pasteur is purported to have said. it is microbes that will have the last word. May you stay well too, Rosaliene.

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