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quote by Thomas Merton: Saints are what they are not because their sanctity makes them admirable to others, but because the gift of sainthood makes it possible for them to admire everyone else. with background image: photo of author Thomas Merton with quote

Saints are what they are not because their sanctity makes them admirable to others, but because the gift of sainthood makes it possible for them to admire everyone else.

--Thomas Merton
quote by Thomas Merton: Contemplative living is living in true relationship with oneself, God, others and nature, free of the illusions of separateness. with background image: photo of author Thomas Merton with quote

Contemplative living is living in true relationship with oneself, God, others and nature, free of the illusions of separateness.

--Thomas Merton



quote by Thomas Merton: We do not see God in contemplation -- we know Him by love: for his pure love and when we taste the experience of loving God for his own sake alone, we know by experience who and what he is. with background image: photo of author Thomas Merton with quote

We do not see God in contemplation -- we know Him by love: for his pure love and when we taste the experience of loving God for his own sake alone, we know by experience who and what he is.

--Thomas Merton

quote by Thomas Merton: Let us come alive to the splendor that is all around us and see the beauty in ordinary things. with background image: photo of author Thomas Merton with quote

Let us come alive to the splendor that is all around us and see the beauty in ordinary things.

--Thomas Merton


quote by Thomas Merton: We must slow down to a human tempo and we'll begin to have time to listen. with background image: photo of author Thomas Merton with quote

We must slow down to a human tempo and we'll begin to have time to listen.

--Thomas Merton

quote by Thomas Merton: The truth that many people never understand until it is too late is that the more you try to avoid suffering, the more you suffer. with background image: photo of author Thomas Merton with quote

The truth that many people never understand until it is too late is that the more you try to avoid suffering, the more you suffer.

--Thomas Merton
quote by Thomas Merton: Zen is consciousness unstructured by particular form or particular system, a trans-cultural, trans-religious, transformed consciousness. with background image: photo of author Thomas Merton with quote

Zen is consciousness unstructured by particular form or particular system, a trans-cultural, trans-religious, transformed consciousness.

--Thomas Merton

quote by Thomas Merton: This is the greatest stumbling block in our spiritual discipline, which, in actuality, consists not in getting rid of the self but in realizing the fact that there is no such existence from the first. with background image: photo of author Thomas Merton with quote

This is the greatest stumbling block in our spiritual discipline, which, in actuality, consists not in getting rid of the self but in realizing the fact that there is no such existence from the first.

--Thomas Merton


quote by Thomas Merton: There is no greater disaster in the spiritual life than to be immersed in unreality, for life is maintained and nourished in us by our vital relation with realities outside and above us. with background image: photo of author Thomas Merton with quote

There is no greater disaster in the spiritual life than to be immersed in unreality, for life is maintained and nourished in us by our vital relation with realities outside and above us.

--Thomas Merton
quote by Thomas Merton: We live on the brink of disaster because we do not know how to let life alone. We do not respect the living and fruitful contradictions and paradoxes of which true life is full. with background image: photo of author Thomas Merton with quote

We live on the brink of disaster because we do not know how to let life alone. We do not respect the living and fruitful contradictions and paradoxes of which true life is full.

--Thomas Merton
quote by Thomas Merton: There is only one problem on which all my existence, my peace, my happiness depend: to discover myself in discovering God. If I find Him I will find myself and if I find my true self I will find Him. with background image: photo of author Thomas Merton with quote

There is only one problem on which all my existence, my peace, my happiness depend: to discover myself in discovering God. If I find Him I will find myself and if I find my true self I will find Him.

--Thomas Merton



quote by Thomas Merton: The cause of liberty becomes a mockery if the price to be paid is the wholesale destruction of those who are to enjoy liberty. Ghandi, quoted in Merton, p. 68. with background image: photo of author Thomas Merton with quote

The cause of liberty becomes a mockery if the price to be paid is the wholesale destruction of those who are to enjoy liberty. Ghandi, quoted in Merton, p. 68.

--Thomas Merton
quote by Thomas Merton: Humility sets us free to do what is really good, by showing us our illusions and withdrawing our will from what was only an apparent good. with background image: photo of author Thomas Merton with quote

Humility sets us free to do what is really good, by showing us our illusions and withdrawing our will from what was only an apparent good.

--Thomas Merton



quote by Thomas Merton: When you expect the world to end at any moment, you know there is no need to hurry. You take your time, you do your work well. with background image: photo of author Thomas Merton with quote

When you expect the world to end at any moment, you know there is no need to hurry. You take your time, you do your work well.

--Thomas Merton

quote by Thomas Merton: The biggest disease in North America is busyness. with background image: photo of author Thomas Merton with quote

The biggest disease in North America is busyness.

--Thomas Merton
quote by Thomas Merton: Peace demands the most heroic labor and the most difficult sacrifice. with background image: photo of author Thomas Merton with quote

Peace demands the most heroic labor and the most difficult sacrifice.

--Thomas Merton

Longer Version:

Peace demands the most heroic labor and the most difficult sacrifice. It demands greater heroism than war. It demands greater fidelity to the truth and a much more perfect purity of conscience.




quote by Thomas Merton: If we seek paradise outside ourselves, we cannot have paradise in our hearts. with background image: photo of author Thomas Merton with quote

If we seek paradise outside ourselves, we cannot have paradise in our hearts.

--Thomas Merton
quote by Thomas Merton: Our minds are like crows. They pick up everything that glitters, no matter how uncomfortable our nests get with all that metal in them. with background image: photo of author Thomas Merton with quote

Our minds are like crows. They pick up everything that glitters, no matter how uncomfortable our nests get with all that metal in them.

--Thomas Merton

quote by Thomas Merton: To hope is to risk frustration. Make up your mind to risk frustration. with background image: photo of author Thomas Merton with quote

To hope is to risk frustration. Make up your mind to risk frustration.

--Thomas Merton

quote by Thomas Merton: The whole idea of compassion is based on a keen awareness of the other.... The whole purpose of life is to live by love. with background image: photo of author Thomas Merton with quote

The whole idea of compassion is based on a keen awareness of the other.... The whole purpose of life is to live by love.

--Thomas Merton

Longer Version:

October is a fine and dangerous season in America. It is dry and cool and the land is wild with red and gold and crimson, and all the lassitudes of August have seeped out of your blood, and you are full of ambition. It is a wonderful time to begin anything at all. You go to college, and every course in the catalogue looks wonderful. The names of the subjects all seem to lay open the way to a new world. Your arms are full of new, clean notebooks, waiting to be filled. You pass the doors of the library, and the smell of thousands of well-kept books makes your head swim with a clean and subtle pleasure.







quote by Thomas Merton: My best writing has always been in journals. with background image: photo of author Thomas Merton with quote

My best writing has always been in journals.

--Thomas Merton
quote by Thomas Merton: The beginning of love is the will to let those we love be perfectly 
 themselves. with background image: photo of author Thomas Merton with quote

The beginning of love is the will to let those we love be perfectly
themselves.

--Thomas Merton

Longer Version:

The beginning of love is the will to let those we love be perfectly themselves, the resolution not to twist them to fit our own image. If in loving them we do not love what they are, but only their potential likeness to ourselves, then we do not love them: we only love the reflection of ourselves we find in them.



quote by Thomas Merton: What can we gain by sailing to the moon if we cannot cross the abyss that separates us from ourselves? with background image: photo of author Thomas Merton with quote

What can we gain by sailing to the moon if we cannot cross the abyss that separates us from ourselves?

--Thomas Merton

Longer Version:

What can we gain by sailing to the moon if we are not able to cross the abyss that separates us from ourselves? This is the most important of all voyages of discovery, and without it, all the rest are not only useless, but disastrous.



quote by Thomas Merton: Here is an unspeakable secret: paradise is all around us and we do not understand. with background image: photo of author Thomas Merton with quote

Here is an unspeakable secret: paradise is all around us and we do not understand.

--Thomas Merton

quote by Thomas Merton: Gratitude takes nothing for granted, is never unresponsive, is constantly awakening to new wonder. with background image: photo of author Thomas Merton with quote

Gratitude takes nothing for granted, is never unresponsive, is constantly awakening to new wonder.

--Thomas Merton
quote by Thomas Merton: The grateful person knows that God is good, not by hearsay but by experience. And that is what makes all the difference. with background image: photo of author Thomas Merton with quote

The grateful person knows that God is good, not by hearsay but by experience. And that is what makes all the difference.

--Thomas Merton
quote by Thomas Merton: The real hope is not in something we think we can do, but in God, who is making something good out of it in some way we cannot see. with background image: photo of author Thomas Merton with quote

The real hope is not in something we think we can do, but in God, who is making something good out of it in some way we cannot see.

--Thomas Merton
quote by Thomas Merton: Anxiety is the mark of spiritual insecurity. with background image: photo of author Thomas Merton with quote

Anxiety is the mark of spiritual insecurity.

--Thomas Merton

quote by Thomas Merton: If you yourself are at peace, then there is at least some peace in the world. with background image: photo of author Thomas Merton with quote

If you yourself are at peace, then there is at least some peace in the world.

--Thomas Merton

quote by Thomas Merton: If we are to love sincerely, and with simplicity, we must first of all overcome the fear of not being loved. with background image: photo of author Thomas Merton with quote

If we are to love sincerely, and with simplicity, we must first of all overcome the fear of not being loved.

--Thomas Merton




quote by Thomas Merton: On Pride: This sickness is most dangerous when it succeeds in looking like humility. When a proud man thinks he is humble his case is hopeless. with background image: photo of author Thomas Merton with quote

On Pride: This sickness is most dangerous when it succeeds in looking like humility. When a proud man thinks he is humble his case is hopeless.

--Thomas Merton

quote by Thomas Merton: To be grateful is to recognize the love of God in everything. with background image: selective focus photo of woman holding sunflower surrounded by sunflowers
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To be grateful is to recognize the love of God in everything.

--Thomas Merton

Longer Version:

To be grateful is to recognize the Love of God in everything He has given us -- and He has given us everything. Every breath we draw is a gift of His love, every moment of existence is a grace, for it brings with it immense graces from Him.
Gratitude therefore takes nothing for granted, is never unresponsive, is constantly awakening to new wonder and to praise of the goodness of God. For the grateful person knows that God is good, not by hearsay but by experience. And that is what makes all the difference.


quote by Thomas Merton: Reason is in fact the path to faith, and faith takes over when reason can say no more. with background image: photo of author Thomas Merton with quote

Reason is in fact the path to faith, and faith takes over when reason can say no more.

--Thomas Merton
quote by Thomas Merton: If a man is to live, he must be all alive, body, soul, mind, heart, spirit. with background image: photo of author Thomas Merton with quote

If a man is to live, he must be all alive, body, soul, mind, heart, spirit.

--Thomas Merton
quote by Thomas Merton: Music is pleasing not only because of the sound but because of the silence that is in it: without the alternation of sound and silence there would be no rhythm. with background image: photo of author Thomas Merton with quote

Music is pleasing not only because of the sound but because of the silence that is in it: without the alternation of sound and silence there would be no rhythm.

--Thomas Merton

quote by Thomas Merton: Even when it speaks, humility listens. with background image: photo of author Thomas Merton with quote

Even when it speaks, humility listens.

--Thomas Merton
quote by Thomas Merton: In humility is the greatest freedom. As long as you have to defend the imaginary self that you think is important, you lose your peace of heart. with background image: photo of author Thomas Merton with quote

In humility is the greatest freedom. As long as you have to defend the imaginary self that you think is important, you lose your peace of heart.

--Thomas Merton
quote by Thomas Merton: Humility is the surest sign of strength. with background image: photo of author Thomas Merton with quote

Humility is the surest sign of strength.

--Thomas Merton
quote by Thomas Merton: We cannot be happy if we expect to live all the time at the highest peak of intensity. Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance and order and rhythm and harmony. with background image: photo of author Thomas Merton with quote

We cannot be happy if we expect to live all the time at the highest peak of intensity. Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance and order and rhythm and harmony.

--Thomas Merton
quote by Thomas Merton: Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone-we find it with another. with background image: photo of author Thomas Merton with quote

Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone-we find it with another.

--Thomas Merton
quote by Thomas Merton: Advertising treats all products with the reverence and the seriousness due to sacraments. with background image: photo of author Thomas Merton with quote

Advertising treats all products with the reverence and the seriousness due to sacraments.

--Thomas Merton
quote by Thomas Merton: We must make the choices that enable us to fulfill the deepest capacities of our real selves. with background image: photo of author Thomas Merton with quote

We must make the choices that enable us to fulfill the deepest capacities of our real selves.

--Thomas Merton

quote by Thomas Merton: Be good, keep your feet dry, your eyes open, your heart at peace and your soul in the joy of Christ. with background image: photo of author Thomas Merton with quote

Be good, keep your feet dry, your eyes open, your heart at peace and your soul in the joy of Christ.

--Thomas Merton
quote by Thomas Merton: The very contradictions in my life are in some ways signs of God's mercy to me. with background image: photo of author Thomas Merton with quote

The very contradictions in my life are in some ways signs of God's mercy to me.

--Thomas Merton
quote by Thomas Merton: We stumble and fall constantly even when we are most enlightened. But when we are in true spiritual darkness, we do not even know that we have fallen. with background image: photo of author Thomas Merton with quote

We stumble and fall constantly even when we are most enlightened. But when we are in true spiritual darkness, we do not even know that we have fallen.

--Thomas Merton
quote by Thomas Merton: We have what we seek, it is there all the time, and if we give it time, it will make itself known to us. with background image: photo of author Thomas Merton with quote

We have what we seek, it is there all the time, and if we give it time, it will make itself known to us.

--Thomas Merton
quote by Thomas Merton: The tighter you squeeze, the less you have. with background image: photo of author Thomas Merton with quote

The tighter you squeeze, the less you have.

--Thomas Merton

quote by Thomas Merton: Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony. with background image: photo of author Thomas Merton with quote

Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony.

--Thomas Merton
quote by Thomas Merton: Pride makes us artificial and humility makes us real. with background image: photo of author Thomas Merton with quote

Pride makes us artificial and humility makes us real.

--Thomas Merton

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