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Thomas Merton Quote: “Prayer and love are learned in the hour when prayer becomes impossible and the heart has turned to stone.”
Thomas Merton Quote: “Contemplative living is living in true relationship with oneself, God, others and nature, free of the illusions of separateness.”
Thomas Merton Quote: “One of the first things to learn if you want to be a contemplative is to mind your own business. Nothing is more suspicious, in a man who seems holy, than an impatient desire to reform other men.”
Thomas Merton Quote: “My God, I pray better to you by breathing. I pray better to you by walking than by talking.”
Thomas Merton Quote: “The root of war is fear.”
Thomas Merton Quote: “The gift of love is the gift of the power and capacity to love, and therefore, to give love with full effect is also to receive it. So love can only be kept by being given away, and it can only be given perfectly when it is also received.”
Thomas Merton Quote: “One has to be alone, under the sky, Before everything falls into place and one finds his or her own place in the midst of it all. We have to have the humility to realize ourselves as part of nature.”
Thomas Merton Quote: “Even the darkest moments of the liturgy are filled with joy, and Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the lenten fast, is a day of happiness, a Christian feast.”
Thomas Merton Quote: “Be human in this most inhuman of ages; guard the image of man for it is the image of God.”
Thomas Merton Quote: “We do not exist for ourselves.”
Thomas Merton Quote: “Gratitude takes nothing for granted, is never unresponsive, is constantly awakening to new wonder.”
Thomas Merton 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: “Despair is the absolute extreme of self-love. It is reached when a person deliberately turns his back on all help from anyone else in order to taste the rotten luxury of knowing himself to be lost.”
Thomas Merton Quote: “Love is the door to eternity.”
Thomas Merton Quote: “A faith that is afraid of other people is not faith at all.”
Thomas Merton Quote: “Do not be one of those who, rather than risk failure, never attempts anything.”
Thomas Merton Quote: “What is the use of praying if at the very moment of prayer, we have so little confidence in God that we are busy planning our own kind of answer to our prayer?”
Thomas Merton Quote: “The great thing, and the only thing, is to adore and praise GOD.”
Thomas Merton Quote: “Take more time, cover less ground.”
Thomas Merton Quote: “True happiness is found in unselfish Love, A love which increases in proportion as it is shared.”
Thomas Merton Quote: “The gate of heaven is everywhere.”
Thomas Merton Quote: “My spiritual goal is to one day walk into God and disappear.”
Thomas Merton Quote: “For perfect hope is achieved on the brink of despair, when instead of falling over the edge, we find ourselves walking on air.”
Thomas Merton Quote: “The man of faith who has never experienced doubt is not a man of faith.”
Thomas Merton Quote: “True encounter with Christ liberates something within us, a power we did not know we had, a capacity to grow and change.”
Thomas Merton Quote: “Every man has a vocation to be someone: but he must understand clearly that in order to fulfill this vocation he can only be one person: himself.”
Thomas Merton Quote: “If we have not silence, God is not heard in our music. If we have no rest God, does not bless our work.”
Thomas Merton Quote: “Nothing has ever been said about God that hasn’t already been said better by the wind in the pine trees.”
Thomas Merton Quote: “Every one of us is shadowed by an illusory person: a false Self. We are not very good at recognizing illusions, least of all the ones we cherish about ourselves.”
Thomas Merton Quote: “Grace is not a strange, magic substance which is subtly filtered into our souls to act as a kind of spiritual penicillin. Grace is unity, oneness within ourselves, oneness with God.”
Thomas Merton Quote: “Instead of hating the people you think are war-makers, hate the appetites and disorder in your own soul, which are the causes of war. If you love peace, then hate injustice, hate tyranny, hate greed – but hate these things in yourself, not in another.”
Thomas Merton Quote: “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.”
Thomas Merton Quote: “You are made in the image of what you desire.”
Thomas Merton Quote: “Our idea of God tells us more about ourselves than about Him.”
Thomas Merton Quote: “There is a pervasive form of contemporary violence to which the idealist fighting for peace by nonviolent methods most easily succumbs; activism and overwork.”
Thomas Merton Quote: “To hope is to risk frustration. Make up your mind to risk frustration.”
Thomas Merton Quote: “I will not fear, for you are ever with me and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.”
Thomas Merton Quote: “Here is an unspeakable secret: paradise is all around us and we do not understand.”
Thomas Merton 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: “Self-conquest is really self-surrender. Yet before we can surrender ourselves we must become ourselves. For no one can give up what he does not possess.”
Thomas Merton Quote: “True happiness is not found in any other reward than that of being united with God. If I seek some other reward besides God Himself, I may get my reward but I cannot be happy.”
Thomas Merton Quote: “That is God’s call to us – simply to be people who are content to live close to him and to renew the kind of life in which the closeness is felt and experienced.”
Thomas Merton Quote: “We must make the choices that enable us to fulfill the deepest capacities of our real selves.”
Thomas Merton Quote: “I shall lead you through the loneliness, the solitude you will not understand; but it is my shortcut to your soul.”
Thomas Merton 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: “Not all of us are called to be hermits, but all of us need enough silence and solitude in our lives to enable the deeper voice of our own self to be heard at least occasionally.”
Thomas Merton 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: “Whose silence are you?”
Thomas Merton Quote: “One might say I have decided to marry the silence of the forest. The sweet dark warmth of the whole world will have to be my wife.”
Thomas Merton Quote: “The grateful person knows that God is good, not by hearsay but by experience. And that is what makes all the difference.”
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