A Story That's Been Going Around
Abbot Lot came to Abbot Joseph and said: Father, according as I am able, I keep my little rule, and my little fast, my prayer, meditation, and contemplative silence; and according as I am able I strive to cleanse my heart of thoughts: now what more should I do? The elder rose up in reply and stretched out his hands to heaven, and his fingers became like ten lamps of fire. He said: Why not be totally changed into fire?
--from Thomas Merton, THE WISDOM OF THE DESERT: SAYINGS FROM THE DESERT FATHERS OF THE FOURTH CENTURY, Shambhala Editions, 2004.