Day Twenty Seven — 15 March

Hear our voice, O Lord, according to your faithful love.

Lectionary readings (Click the links to see the readings):
Wisdom 2.1,12-22 | Psalm 34.15-22 | John 7.1-2,10,25-30


There is a silent self within us whose presence is disturbing precisely because it is so silent: it can't be spoken. It has to remain silent. To articulate it, to verbalize it, is to tamper with it, and in some ways to destroy it.

Now let us frankly face the fact that our culture is one which is geared in many ways to help us evade any need to face this inner, silent self. We live in a state of constant semiattention to the sound of voices, music, traffic, or the generalized noise of what goes on around us all the time. This keeps us immersed in a flood of racket and words, a diffuse medium in which our consciousness is half diluted: we are not quite "thinking," not entirely responding, but we are more or less there. We are not fully present and not entirely absent; not fully withdrawn, yet not completely available.

It cannot be said that we are really participating in anything and we may, in fact, be half conscious of our alienation and resentment. Yet we derive a certain comfort from the vague sense that we are "part of something"—although we are not quite able to define what that something is—and probably wouldn't want to define it even if we could. 'We just float along in the general noise. Resigned and indifferent, we share semiconsciously in the mindless mind of Muzak and radio commercials which passes for "reality."

—Thomas Merton. Love and living. New York: Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 1979, p. 36


Assist us mercifully with your help, our Lord God of our salvation, that we may joyfully meditate on those mighty acts through which you have given us life eternal.


Cloister leading to the church, Jamberoo Abbey

Psalm 59.4-6, sung by the nuns of L'Abbaye Notre-Dame de l'Annonciation, Le Barroux, France.

May God our Redeemer show us compassion and love. Amen.

St Philip's Anglican Church, cnr Moorhouse and Macpherson Streets, O'Connor, ACT 2602