“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 praise of the goodness of God. For the grateful person knows that God is good, not by hearsay but by experience. And that is what makes all the difference.” Thomas Merton [Source: Goodreads]
“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, in his final address, during a conference on East-West monastic dialogue, delivered just two hours before his death (10 December 1968), quoted in Religious Education, Vol. 73 (1978), p. 292
“For me to be a saint means to be myself. Therefore, the problem of sanctity and salvation is in fact the problem of finding out who I am and of discovering my true self. — Thomas Merton [Source: The Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine University.]
“We are living in a world that is absolutely transparent and God is shining through it all the time.” — Thomas Merton [Source: The Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine University. http://www.merton.org]
“The theology of love must seek to deal realistically with the evil and injustice in the world and not merely to compromise with them. — Thomas Merton [Source: The Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine University. http://www.merton.org]