Thomas Merton: Ignore

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If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. James 2:16-17

“No man who ignores the rights and needs of others can hope to walk in the light of contemplation, because his way has turned aside from truth, from compassion and therefore from God.”

Thomas Merton in New Seeds of Contemplation (Trappist, KY: Abbey of Gethsemani, 1961) 18-19.

To ignore or do nothing about the basic needs of others is a big deal to God. He does not like it. When I travel outside the USA, I often see such great needs that I am overwhelmed about what to do. Most do nothing.

Perhaps you can identify with this based on your situation? What is the answer? Consider asking God what action is supposed to accompany your faith today, and go do it! Don’t ignore the still small voice.