Letter from the Desert

April 1st, 2020

Letter from the Desert

For us within the ‘desert’ of our present confinement:

I have known the satisfaction of unrestrained action, and the joy of the contemplative life in the dazzling peace of the desert and I repeat again in St. Augustine’s words: “Love and do as you will.”

Don’t worry about what you ought to do. Worry about loving.

Don’t interrogate heaven repeatedly and uselessly saying, “What course of action should I pursue?” Concentrate on loving instead.

And by loving you will find out what is for you.
Loving, you will listen to the Voice.
Loving, you will find peace.

Carlo Carretto
from ‘Letters from the Desert’