The rivers don’t drink their own water,

Trees don’t eat their own fruits,

The sun does not shine for itself,

And flowers do not spread their fragrance for themselves.

Living for others is a rule of nature.

Life is good when you’re happy,

But it is much better when others are happy because of you.

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I recently contacted Dr Paul Pearson, Director and Archivist at the Thomas Merton Center, Bellarmine University, to help me identify a quote that I thought was written by Thomas Merton: ‘a monk either drinks or prays.

He wrote back and said that he has never come across the quote as being written by Thomas Merton and added that Merton also did not say another quote about beer that he is often quoted as saying. ‘I drink beer whenever I can lay my hands on any. I love beer, and, by that very fact, the world.’

The reason for my enquiry was, like so many other people post-lockdown, I am trying to cut back on an increasing amount of alcohol consumption. What fascinates me about the phrase a monk either drinks or prays, is that the phrase implies that a person can choose either to drink or pray to help towards a particular condition whether to: fill a void, elevate stress, lift a low mood, reduce over excitement; the list goes on. It’s not rocket science to understand that prayer may have better health benefits: physical, spiritual, mental, and emotional, but the point is the person has a choice.

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This is quite a tough command! I suppose we all head for danger at certain times in our lives and I know from personal experience it’s with the help of people around me that I have been rescued from the pit so I guess care for the person, try to help in the best way you can. The Lord will notice and we hope and pray for them then we haven’t just ignored them and pretend we new nothing then at least we have tried.


I was speaking with a young man this week who was telling me of his journey to the UK. He started in Sudan Lybia then travelled across Europe, lived in Italy for a while and finally reached us here in England. We talked about faith and when I asked him of his, he said that he came from a Muslim family and I asked if he was able to practice his faith? He said yes, I go to the Mosque every Friday for prayer but he said I see good in all people. At that I thanked him for going to the Mosque every Friday and praying for us all and said I will pray for you every Friday in our chapel and with that we blessed one another without any more words…