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KingEmmah: ...all men need enough silence and solitude in their lives to enable the deep inner voice of their own true self to be heard at least occasionally.  THOMAS MERTON

mobiquotes: Thomas Merton, the Trappist monk, wrote that nothing can be expressed about solitude "that has not already been said better by the wind in the pine trees.

astriche: "Let us speak words of hope." —Thomas Merton. This March, replete Madness, has given us a way to do just that. Here is one story of Hope: Darrion Trammell

crooks92orha: The Seeker and the Monk: Everyday Conversations with Thomas Merton PIPKYCU

MertonCenter: Delighted to receive copies of Bill Meegan's new book about Thomas Merton's brother, John Paul - Remembering the Forgotten Merton:

langoshltj: Advent and Christmas with Thomas Merton (A Redemptorist Pastoral Publication) JQZNOZA

vinceantonucci: Love seeks one thing only: the good of the one loved. - Thomas Merton

flhorn: “Violence is not completely fatal until it ceases to disturb us.” ― Thomas Merton, Thoughts in Solitude

azooz22fa3: “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

rizacitak251: “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

heraldleader: Paul Prather: John Paul Merton is little known partly because Thomas cast such a long shadow, and partly because John Paul died very young.

mintalviharju83: Be patient and tough; someday this pain will be useful to you. Ovid You have been chosen, and you must therefore use such strength and heart and wits as you have. J.R.R. Tolkien Perhaps I am stronger than I think. Thomas Merton

KLICONS: Happy Birthday Thomas Merton “Love is our true destiny”

kathrynspurgeon: 5 of 5 stars to The Words and Wisdom of Thomas Merton. by Sean Leary

mariostenella: “Nothing has ever been said about God that hasn't already been said better by the wind in the pine trees." ~ Thomas Merton.

mariostenella: For if we want to bring together East and West we cannot do it by imposing one upon the other. We must contain both in ourselves and transcend both in Christ.” ~ Thomas Merton

bogame7355: “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

tevfikacar797: “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

AnjaLiskeMoritz: There is in all things an inexhaustible sweetness and purity, a silence that is a fountain of action and joy. It rises up in wordless gentleness and flows out to me from the unseen roots of all created being. Thomas Merton

KnoxYYC: "Humility is the surest sign of strength" -Thomas Merton

pappasbland: "Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time." - Thomas Merton Prints available here:

KenShigematsu: “Unnatural, frantic, anxious work, work done under pressure of greed or fear, is never willed directly by God.” (Thomas Merton)

MikeCosper: “A man who is not at peace with himself necessarily projects his interior fighting into the society of those he lives with and spreads a contagion of conflict all around him.” — Thomas Merton, No Man is an Island

laroadrash: "A faith that is afraid of other people is not faith at all." ~~ Thomas Merton

bbcg555474337: “The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not to twist them to fit our own image. Otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them.” — Thomas Merton

YasrAlsmer: “The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not to twist them to fit our own image. Otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them.” — Thomas Merton

saadsmj939: “The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not to twist them to fit our own image. Otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them.” — Thomas Merton

meeem201422: “The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not to twist them to fit our own image. Otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them.” — Thomas Merton

zoor333oo: “The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not to twist them to fit our own image. Otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them.” — Thomas Merton

nam11223323: “The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not to twist them to fit our own image. Otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them.” — Thomas Merton

hmodi143464: “The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not to twist them to fit our own image. Otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them.” — Thomas Merton

dxblove77: “The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not to twist them to fit our own image. Otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them.” — Thomas Merton

HOSSh1434: “The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not to twist them to fit our own image. Otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them.” — Thomas Merton

nnnnoootussa: “The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not to twist them to fit our own image. Otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them.” — Thomas Merton

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Beth_M_Boyle: We are not at peace with others because we are not at peace with ourselves - Thomas Merton

toto234552: “The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not to twist them to fit our own image. Otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them.” — Thomas Merton

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CTrefugees: In a conversation about Fr Thomas Merton, the claim by Fr John Hardon that Merton advocated for pantheism, came up and I believe by looking into Merton's writing from the time it could be relatively trivially demonstrated that at the very least he did not understand himself to be…

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mariostenella: “She smiles, for though they have bound her, she cannot be a prisoner.” Thomas Merton, Hagia Sophia

jyothi_mudra: “The greatest need of our time is to clean out the enormous mass of mental and emotional rubbish that clutters our minds” ― Thomas Merton

hasworld0: "Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time." - Thomas Merton

PiousPlattitude: “God, who is everywhere, never leaves us. Yet He seems sometimes to be present, sometimes to be absent. If we do not know Him well, we do not realize that He may be more present to us when He is absent than when He is present.” -- Thomas Merton

vedatcitak620: “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

JWLee3427: His sincerity is based on confidence, not in his own illusions about himself, but in the endless, unfailing mercy of God. Thomas Merton, No Man Is an Island

hendnakkaka: “We are already one. But we imagine we are not. And what we have to recover is our original unity. What we have to be is what we are.” –Thomas Merton

CTrefugees: Considering using a voice AI to clone Father Thomas Merton's voice so that audio books of his minor works might be produced.

hopopotu: “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

nuhkilic609: “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

ecevitilhan48: “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

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

Listen4Always: “The Holy Spirit is the most perfect gift of the Father to men, and yet He is the one gift which the Father gives most easily.” - Thomas Merton.

amoooon1239: “The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not to twist them to fit our own image. Otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them.” — Thomas Merton

shoshalgrn33: “The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not to twist them to fit our own image. Otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them.” — Thomas Merton

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

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sheeooom55: “The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not to twist them to fit our own image. Otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them.” — Thomas Merton

esamiraq2000: “The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not to twist them to fit our own image. Otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them.” — Thomas Merton

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visionsfromafar: Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony. Thomas Merton 'Heavenly Harmony' by Sead Pozegic

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dhmn236525: “The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not to twist them to fit our own image. Otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them.” — Thomas Merton

alamry16241: “The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not to twist them to fit our own image. Otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them.” — Thomas Merton

shoshalgrnh33: “The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not to twist them to fit our own image. Otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them.” — Thomas Merton

GodBrahman: Thomas Merton "The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not to twist them to fit our own image. Otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them."

asssa95791: “The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not to twist them to fit our own image. Otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them.” — Thomas Merton

mfem2424: “The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not to twist them to fit our own image. Otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them.” — Thomas Merton

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mmarkit900: “The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not to twist them to fit our own image. Otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them.” — Thomas Merton

aapplesteve786: “The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not to twist them to fit our own image. Otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them.” — Thomas Merton

khalid999532: “The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not to twist them to fit our own image. Otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them.” — Thomas Merton

giannasaborio: ok but when is thomas merton gonna address the real contemplative state of to dye and cut your hair or not to dye and cut your hair? serious question.

naaelkhoty1988: “The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not to twist them to fit our own image. Otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them.” — Thomas Merton



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