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One of the elders said: It is not because evil thoughts come to us that we are condemned, but only because we make use of the evil thoughts. It can happen that from these thoughts we suffer shipwreck, but it can also happen that because of them we may be crowned.

Thomas Merton, The Wisdom of the Desert (New York: New Directions, 1960) 45

Contemplative Pause:

Throughout this week, pause, take a breath, and listen with your heart. Are you choosing discretion or the shipwreck? What is the result?

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