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Quote of the Day

“Into this world, this demented inn, in which there is absolutely no room for him at all, Christ has come uninvited. But because he cannot be at home in it, because he is out of place in it, and yet he must be in it, his place is with those others for whom there is no room. His place is with those who do not belong, who are rejected by power, because they are regarded as weak, those who are discredited, who are denied the status of persons, tortured, exterminated. With those for whom there is no room, Christ is present.” – Thomas Merton

Quote of the Day

“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 priase of the goodness of God.”
 
Thomas Merton
Thoughts In Solitude
(New York: Farrar, Straus, Giroux): 33.

Quote of the Day

“There comes a time when it is no longer important to prove one’s point, but simply to live, to surrender to God and to love.”

-Thomas Merton
The Road to Joy
Robert E. Daggy, editor
(New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1989): 96.

Quote of the Day

“Contradictions have always existed in the soul of [individuals]. But it is only when we prefer analysis to silence that they become a constant and insoluble problem. We are not meant to resolve all contradictions but to live with them and rise above them and see them in the light of exterior and objective values which make them trivial by comparison.”

-Thomas Merton
Thoughts in Solitude
(New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1956): 80-81.

Quote of the Day

“Awaken to the mystery of being here, and enter the quiet immensity of your own presence. May all that is unforgiven in you be released. May all that is unlived in you blossom into a future graced with love.”
-John O’Donahue

Quote of the Day

“By identifying himself with the poor and the weak, Jesus reminds us that he identifies with all that is poor and weak in each of us. We are called to become more open, trusting, child-like and filled with wonder. Each person is sacred, no matter what his or her culture, religion, handicap, or fragility. Each person is created in God’s image; each one has a heart, a capacity to love and be loved.”
-Jean Vanier
The Heart of L’Arche, A Spirituality for Every Day
[Crossroad Publishing Company, 1995]

Quote of the Day

“In this fallen world the unity of human beings has been broken, everything is a ‘rat race,’ and I try to free myself from the anguish that torments me by projecting it on another, the scapegoat of my tragic finiteness. The other person is always my enemy and I need him to be so. In Christ, however, death has been defeated, my inner hell transformed in the Church, I no longer need to have enemies, no one is separated from anyone. The criterion of the depth of one’s spiritual growth is therefore love for one’s enemies, in accordance with the paradoxical commandment of the Gospel that takes its meaning solely from the Cross – Christ’s Cross and ours – and from the Resurrection – again Christ’s and our own…

The true miracle, the most difficult achievement, is therefore the example and practice of love in the spiritual sense of that word (and here the Gospel speaks of agape, the Latin caritas). To enter into God is to let oneself be caught up in the immense movement of the love of the Trinity which reveals the other person to us a ‘neighbor’ or (and this is better) which enables each one of us to become a neighbor of others. And to become a neighbor is to side with Christ, since he identifies himself with every human being who is suffering, or rejected, or imprisoned, or ignored.”
-Olivier Clement
The Roots of Christian Mysticism
[New City Press, 1995]


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