Read, Pray, Write interviews Cassidy Hall

I had the honor of being interviewed by this new and important podcast created by my dear friend Jean KellyRead 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 ContemplationJean 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)

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Published by Cassidy Hall

Cassidy Hall (MA) is an author, filmmaker, podcaster, student, and holds a MA in Counseling. She works as a Teaching Assistant at Christian Theological Seminary where she is studying for her MDiv and MTS degrees. She also serves as Student Pastor of First Congregational United Church of Christ. Since 2017, Cassidy has been the Secretary of the International Thomas Merton Society. Cassidy worked on the production team of the documentary feature film In Pursuit of Silence and her directorial debut short-film, Day of a Stranger paints an intimate portrait of Thomas Merton’s hermitage years. Her podcast, Encountering Silence features interviews with contemplatives, modern-day mystics, and explores the ambiguity of silence in our modern-day lives. Cassidy’s work centers around the tension and intersection of silence and social action and contemplation in a world of action.

5 thoughts on “Read, Pray, Write interviews Cassidy Hall

    1. Friend, the only “knowing” I’ve found has been in “unknowing.” In opening up my clenched fists, in understanding there is no certitude, in letting go.

      1. A beautiful answer Cassidy.

        Our only certitude can be in the depths of the eternal unknowing. This is faith.

        There’s a saying: the bird of paradise can land only on an open palm, not a closed fist.

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