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jpdapril: 76. I remember when people didn't care how the other one voted. 77. I love people I meet right off the bat. Call it the Thomas Merton effect. 78. I like math but it doesn't like me. 79. If I am knitting something and you say a kind word about it then it is yours.

RevMTheogene: "May we not neglect the silence printed in the center of our being. It will not fail us." (Thomas Merton)

TreeTrunkNFT: "Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time." -Thomas Merton

Shi_bal__: Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time. Thomas Merton ITS SHOWTIME KDLEX

MythicLore: “We have the choice of two identities: the external mask which seems to be real...and the hidden, inner person who seems to us to be nothing, but who can give himself eternally to the truth in whom he subsists.” - Thomas Merton

MythicLore: You know you're onto something worth digging around in when Oscar Wilde and Thomas Merton start agreeing with each other in your mind.

marcado_razon: This was an insighful episode, with Brandon's citations of Von Balthazar and Thomas Merton. Lord help us.

BobWolQuotes: "In the end it is the reality of personal relationship that saves everything." - Thomas Merton

mobiquotes: If we were able to distill all human experience to its essence, it would be a question on the lips of a man named Jesus. As he asked Peter, he asks all mankind, "Who do you say that I am?" "Our idea of God," observed Thomas Merton, "tells us more about ourselves than about Him.

xm5_gomfar: Thus life is always new. ~ Thomas Merton

HelpSparksFly: “Love is our true destiny-we don’t find it in ourselves-we find it in one another” ~Thomas Merton

manilahemp12: Pride makes us artificial and humility makes us real." - Thomas Merton PIEnalo WITH EIAN DAY2

annemariepc_c: “The vocation of the priest” (and yes we too can act as priests), “is to be a prophet of beauty, to remind people of the light within them; to reassure them that they are, as Thomas Merton realized in his moment of intense disclosure in a city street, “shining like the sun…”

CAComixPod: It's great to see Thomas Merton making the rounds on the internet right now. Here's my contribution: "Do not think yourself better because you burn up friends and enemies with long-range missiles without ever seeing what you have done"

teaisea: "We are not converted only once in our lives but many times and this endless series of conversions and inner revolutions leads to our transformation "(Thomas Merton).

TrainingMindful: “Perhaps I am stronger than I think.” ~ Thomas Merton

lukeamazooka: “[The Desert Fathers] neither courted the approval of their contemporaries nor sought to provoke their disapproval, because the opinions of others had ceased, for them, to be matters of importance.” The Wisdom of the Desert Thomas Merton

commonwealmag: “I heard a record of Bob Dylan lately and like him very much indeed." — Thomas Merton Happy birthday to the great Bob Dylan!

TheWakingTulip: On this earth the experience of great beauty always remains mysteriously linked with the experience of great loneliness. This reminds me again that there is still a beauty I have not seen yet: the beauty that does not create loneliness but unity. – Thomas Merton

kyblueblood: "We must make the choices that enable us to fulfill the deepest capacities of our real selves." Thomas Merton

frankmattpowell: When I criticize a system, they think I criticize them – and that is of course because they fully accept the system and identify themselves with it. -Thomas Merton

Skerrit7h3green: "Compassion is the keen awareness of the interdependence of all things." -Thomas Merton

TheWakingTulip: “God desires for us to be the persons we were created to be: to be simply and purely ourselves, and in this state to love God and to let ourselves be loved by God.” – Thomas Merton

LMJeffAO: “People may spend their whole lives climbing the ladder of success only to find, once they reach the top, that the ladder is leaning against the wrong wall.” -Thomas Merton

cranaleith: In this day of reflection, Merton will be our guide as we recreate, renew and recover the gifts of the earth before us. Let us join in the dance of creation! Lunch included. Learn more and register here:

gregorykhillis: ICYMI: Here’s a wonderful review of my book, Man of Dialogue: Thomas Merton’s Catholic Vision

putzmanmusing: "The Christian has a duty, as a Christian, to contribute everything he can to help this great common work: of finding nonmilitary and nonviolent ways of defending our rights, our interests, and our ideals." From Thomas Merton, Christianity and Defense in the Nuclear Age.

litpress: Review: Thomas Merton’s deep devotion to the Eucharist — and how it called him to radical love

captaincurt81: Actions are the doors and windows of being. Unless we act we have no way of knowing what we are. And the experience of our existence is impossible without some experience of knowing or some experience of experience. ---from Thoughts In Solitude by Thomas Merton

dlspecht: The spiritual life is, then, first of all a matter of keeping awake. Thomas Merton

lancejorton: The first obligation of the Christian is to maintain their freedom from all superstitions, all blind taboos and religious formalities, indeed from all empty forms of legalism. -Thomas Merton

knolx: "The things we really need come to us only as gifts and in order to receive them as gifts we have to be open." Thomas Merton

putzmanmusing: "We believe, not because we want to know, but because we want to be." - Thomas Merton, Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander

BlissInMe: “The tighter you squeeze, the less you have.” Thomas Merton

kaylee_wiebe: “This day will never come again.” -Thomas Merton

Zhannaambrose: Perhaps I am stronger than I think. ~Thomas Merton

teaisea: "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).

teaisea: "Before we can realize who we really are, we must become conscious of the fact that the person we think we are, here and now, is at best an imposter and a stranger "(Thomas Merton).

KellyWuli: 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 ~iherb

RevMTheogene: "My ideas are always changing, always moving around one center, always seeing the center from somewhere else. I will always be accused of inconsistencies--and will no longer be there to hear the accusation." (Thomas Merton)

Sophiologist_: "If I had a message to my contemporaries, I said, it was surely this: Be anything you like, be madmen, drunks, and bastards of every shape and form, but at all costs avoid one thing: success." ~ Thomas Merton

dlongenecker1: I am on the Greek island of Patmos and learned that this is where Thomas Merton’s friend, the poet Robert Lax lived as a solitary writer.

paulmetler: The only trouble is that in the spiritual life there are no tricks and no shortcuts. Those who think they “know” from the beginning will never, in fact, come to know anything. - Thomas Merton

LanLeavell: “Physical solitude, exterior silence and real recollection are all morally necessary for anyone who wants to lead a contemplative life.” -Thomas Merton, New Seeds of Contemplation

dutta_prajeet: Pride makes us artificial and humility makes us real. Thomas Merton MUNAWAR ERA BEGINS

KathyScheiern: There are times when in order to keep ourselves in existence at all we simply have to sit back for a while and do nothing. - Thomas Merton

marcopmarc: “When we are alone on a starlit night, when by chance we see the migrating birds in autumn descending on a grove of junipers to rest and eat; when we see children in a moment when they are really children..." Thomas Merton

MagdalenaOnFire: From Howard to Harvard—from civil rights to women’s liberation—to taking on the Vatican for 50+ years—her impact is immeasurable. A freedom-rider with a sense of humor that obviously won over both Thomas Merton and myself—my god, I already miss her. 4/

DudeAbidesSA: Review: Thomas Merton’s deep devotion to the Eucharist — and how it called him to radical love

NoswPod: Dictionaries bulge with words. Neologisms are coined for the most complex ideas and concepts. Why then is it almost impossible to describe what I see when I sit at the water's side? Kathleen Jamie and Thomas Merton offer some clues. 'The Colour of Water'

PicoIyer: “He who cannot be content in adversity"--this was Thomas Merton's realization--“cannot be free.”

JoyceDamozonio: Pope Francis called Thomas Merton “a man of prayer, a thinker who challenged the certitudes of his times and opened new horizons for souls and for the Church.”

motivazer: Every moment and every event of every man's life on earth plants something in his soul. - Thomas Merton

MarinnPierce: Here is an unspeakable secret: Paradise is all around us and we do not understand. ~Thomas Merton

gustaf_nk: “Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” – Thomas Merton

CarolWalt_: To be unknown to God is entirely too much privacy. Thomas Merton

marelysmartllc: Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time. -Thomas Merton

tim_lozier: Pope Francis called Thomas Merton “a man of prayer, a thinker who challenged the certitudes of his times and opened new horizons for souls and for the Church.”

Sucesor58: Review: Thomas Merton’s deep devotion to the Eucharist — and how it called him to radical love | America Magazine

millanofficial: When I criticize a system, they think I criticize them – and that is of course because they fully accept the system and identify themselves with it. - Thomas Merton

RowenaMonde: What is contemplation? From Thomas Merton's "New Seeds of Contemplation."

ClintLeavitt: that if the truth be clearly seen it can very well take care of itself.” -Thomas Merton, “No Man Is An Island” Might we become people of sincerity in truth, rather than concerned with our self-justification in claims and meanings.

VivianTaylor41: what if I read a Thomas Merton book?

hygge4aday: When I criticize a system, they think I criticize them— and that is of course because they fully accept the system and identify themselves with it. ~Thomas Merton

addelgado: Pope Francis called Thomas Merton “a man of prayer, a thinker who challenged the certitudes of his times and opened new horizons for souls and for the Church.”

putzmanmusing: "Speak words of hope. Be human in this most inhuman of ages. Guard the image of humans for it is the image of God." ~ Thomas Merton

BeineckeLibrary: "The proud solitary is the ideal dictator, turning the whole world from peace to war, carrying out the work of destruction, opening the mouths of ruin from city to city ... " No man is an island / by Thomas Merton, 1955

maestrojmc: Thomas Merton: “The beginning of the fight against hatred…is not the commandment to love, but what must necessarily come before in order to make the commandment bearable and comprehensible…The root of Christian love is…the faith that one is loved.”

meganwillome: Black tea & Crow Prose: from Thomas Merton

americamag: Review: Thomas Merton’s deep devotion to the Eucharist — and how it called him to radical love

AliSims33: "Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone — we find it with another." — Thomas Merton♫✣

CheyRatnam: Thomas Merton: "When I criticize a system, they think I criticize them - and that is of course because they fully accept the system and identify themselves with it"

brotherpatrick: You are enough, exactly as you are. With all your fears and joys, with all your triumphs and stumbles, with all your faults and gifts...you are enough! Brother P. ✨ ❤️ ✨ "What we have to be is what we are." - Catholic mystic -- Thomas Merton

scott2449: "When I criticize a system, they think I criticize them – and that is of course because they fully accept the system and identify themselves with it." - Thomas Merton

DonovanCleckley: “When I criticize a system, they think I criticize them—and that is of course because they fully accept the system and identify themselves with it. All love and bliss!” - Thomas Merton, 1967, qtd. in ‘Follow the Ecstasy: Thomas Merton, The Hermitage Years, 1965-1968’ (1983)

lkhollis: Review: Thomas Merton’s deep devotion to the Eucharist — and how it called him to radical love | America Magazine

rover404: "Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone. We find it with another." -Thomas Merton.

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memoryresidue: "Since Christ Himself loved us when we were by no means worthy of love and still loves us with all our unworthiness, our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy." Thomas Merton

crazykind22: "We must be content to live without watching ourselves live." - Thomas Merton

qc: "The biggest human temptation is to settle for too little." — Thomas Merton

OFidhne: “The whole idea of compassion is based on a keen awareness of the interdependence of all these living beings, which are all part of one another, and all involved in one another.” ~ Thomas Merton

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

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

JamesMartinSJ: Yes to all this.

teaisea: "Gratitude takes nothing for granted, is never unresponsive, is constantly awakening to new wonder"(Thomas Merton).

Kevin04057583: "Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone -- we find it with another." --Thomas Merton

AbbabeBlake: Review: Thomas Merton’s deep devotion to the Eucharist — and how it called him to radical love

barrister_piye: "Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone. We find it with another." Thomas Merton.

Succatash1: “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

StephanieTheban: The whole idea of compassion is based on a keen awareness of the interdependence of all these living beings, which are all part of one another, and all involved in one another. Thomas Merton

teaisea: "It is my belief, that we should not be too sure of having found Christ in ourselves until we have found him also in that part of humanity that is most remote from our own"(Thomas Merton).

midknightfeast: Thomas Merton, the monk who would not be silent.

midknightfeast: I just love him.

sssfCommunity: Without love and compassion for others, our own apparent love for Christ is fiction. (Thomas Merton)

gregorykhillis: For my new followers, I wrote a book on Thomas Merton you might want to check out. Rowan Williams liked it. You might too!

CoachTPlace: Every breath we draw is a gift of God's love; every moment of existence is a grace. - Thomas Merton

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jg197316: “Thomas Merton, on one of his less restless days wrote: “It is enough to be, in an ordinary human mode, with one’s hunger and sleep, one’s cold and warmth, rising and going to bed. Putting on blankets and taking them off, making coffee and then drinking it. Defrosting the

Frameukdotnet: “Art enables us to find ourselves & lose ourselves at the same time.” – Thomas Merton.



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