Friday, January 31, 2014

A "Saint"'s Birthday

From Religion and Ethics Newsweekly:

Thomas Merton, 1915-1968

It’s the birthday today, January 31, of Thomas Merton—Trappist monk, prolific writer, and Catholic contemplative: “There is a certain innocence in not having a solution. There is a certain innocence in a kind of despair: but only if in despair we find salvation. I mean despair of this world and what is in it. Despair of men and of their plans in order to hope for the impossible answer that lies beyond our earthly contradictions, and yet can burst into our world and solve them only if there are some who hope in spite of despair.”

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