Merton shared through his writing. He spoke publically, but evidently was rather shy in that arena. During my teaching days I did a great deal of public speaking and I liked it. I talked about what I did in my classroom and why I did it. It was all about me and the kids.
But I don’t want to take public center stage anymore. Perhaps it has to do with the topic: God. Writing about God gives me the chance that, with God’s grace, what I say will be about God, with me as humble servant. Well, I sure have a long way to go with that one but I’m praying.