Thomas Merton Prayer and Quotes

Thomas Merton (1915-1968), known as Father Louis, was a Trappist monk of the Cistercian Abbey of Gethsemani near Bardstown, Kentucky.
He became internationally known for his religious profundity and insightful reflections on the problems and possibilities of the world.

His words help us in our spiritual journey and provide hope in today's troubled world.

“Let no one hope to find in contemplation an escape from conflict, from anguish or from doubt. On the contrary, the deep, inexpressible certitude of the contemplative experience awakens a tragic anguish and opens many questions in the depths of the heart like wounds that cannot stop bleeding. For every gain in deep certitude there is a corresponding growth of superficial ‘doubt.’ This doubt is by no means opposed to genuine faith, but it mercilessly examines and questions the spurious ‘faith’ of everyday life, the human faith which is nothing but the passive acceptance of conventional opinion.“ - From New Seeds of Contemplation

“Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone – we find it with another. We do not discover the secret of our lives merely by study and calculation in our own isolated meditations. The meaning of our life is a secret that has to be revealed to us in love, by the one we love. And if this love is unreal, the secret will not be found, the meaning will never reveal itself, the message will never be decoded. At best, we will receive a scrambled and partial message, one that will deceive and confuse us. We will never be fully real until we let ourselves fall in love – either with another human person or with God.“ - From Love and Living


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ROBERTA said...

these quotes with photos are simply amazing. this is what i love about the internet - finding kindred spirits who offer beauty. thank you,

Philomena Ewing said...

Thanks for your lovely comments Roberta.
Like you I was thrilled to find this link to Thomas Merton. He is a great inspiration to me.