I had the honor of being interviewed by this new and important podcast created by my dear friend Jean Kelly: Read Pray Write, “Episodes that bring together music, an inspiring text, time for meditation, brief interviews with faith-filled creatives who share how sacred reading can provide soul food for us all”
I was overjoyed to discuss and meditate upon one of my favorite essays: Thomas Merton’s “Integrity” from New Seeds of Contemplation. Jean is a fantastic host who guided me into discussions of creativity, the true-self, and the life-changing nature of texts that we deeply engage with.
“Many poets are not poets for the same reason that many religious men are not saints: they never succeed in being themselves. They never get around to being the particular poet or the particular monk they are intended to be by God. They never become the man or the artist who is called for by all the circumstances of their individual lives. They waste their years in vain effort to be some other poet, some other saint.”
––Thomas Merton, New Seeds of Contemplation, Integrity (p. 98)