Bob & Penny Milam sent me this by author Thomas Merton titled, "Thoughts in Solitude." Merton was an American Roman Catholic Trappist Monk. He was born in 1915 and passed on in 1968, He was a writer, theologian, mystic, poet, social activist, and scholar of comparative religion. His autobiography, "The Seven Story Mountain," is rated as one of the best non-fiction books of the century. The source of this information is Wikipedia's Free Encyclopedia.
Blessings, love, and hugs, Fr. Jack.
"The Bells of the Lord"
Bells are meant to remind us that God alone is good, that we belong to Him, that we are not living for this world. They break in upon our cares in order to remind us that all things pass away and that our preoccupation are not important. They speak to us of our freedom, which responsibilities and transient cares make us forget. They are the voice of our alliance with the God of heaven. They are the voice of our alliance with the God of heaven. They tell us that we are His true temple. They call us to peace with Him within ourselves. The bells say; business does not matter. Rest in God and rejoice, for this world is only the figure and promise of a world to come, and only those who are detached from transient things can possess the substance of eternal promises.
The bells say: we have spoken for centuries from the towers of the great churches. We have spoken to the saints, your fathers; in their land. We called them, as we call you.. to sanctity.