"Abba Lot came to Abba 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?'"
Thomas Merton, "The Wisdom of the Desert"
Photo: Mt. Owen and Grand Teton appear out of the mist at sunset, Grand Teton National Park, WY; I took this picture from my campsite on the North Fork of Cascade Canyon, July 5, 2012.