Sometimes a topic I preach on really hits a nerve, and I get more than the usual number of responses from folks. I've learned that often this has less to do with what I say, and more to do with that I identified a topic on which many folks are reflecting.
In this case, a graduate student at the university responded later in the evening by sending me this quote on Facebook. She said it is attributed to Thomas Merton. I don't know who said it for sure, but I know it is an apt summary of what I was trying to express in the sermon. Thank you, as always, to all those discerning listeners who listen to sermons, and then respond, actively. You bless us preachers.
“There is a pervasive form of contemporary violence (and that is) activism and overwork….The rush and pressure of modern life are a form of violence. To allow oneself to be carried away by a multitude of conflicting concerns, to surrender to too many demands, to commit oneself to too many projects, to want to help everyone in everything, is to succumb to violence. The frenzy of our activism neutralizes our work for peace. It destroys our inner capacity for peace. It destroys the fruitfulness of our own work, because it kills the root of inner wisdom which makes work fruitful.”