Thomas Merton used to travel from the monastery to the city of Louisville when he was a young monk. At first everything of the world seemed repulsive. But in prayer he learned to see. Later, when he went to town, he was astounded at how beautiful everything was. He stood on a street corner one day and it was as though the entire city glimmered with the grace of God. “How do you tell people,” he asked himself, “that they are walking around shining like the sun!”
Lord, give my eyes to see everything glimmering with your grace.
[Source: John Michael Talbot, The World Is My Cloister, quoted in Leach & Goodnough, eds, A Maryknoll Book of Inspiration]