Inter Religious Dialogue

Click here for a report from a monk in 2002 on why we needed a peace summit in Assisi.

"If I can unite in myself the thought and devotion of Eastern and Western Christendom, the Greek and the Latin Fathers, the Russian and the Spanish mystics, I can prepare in myself the reunion of divided Christians.

From that secret and unspoken unity in myself can eventually come a visible and manifest unity of all Christians.

If we want to bring together what is divided, we cannot do so by imposing one division upon the other. 

If we do this, the union is not Christian. It is political and doomed to further conflict. We must contain all the divided worlds in ourselves and transcend them in Christ."

Thomas Merton From Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander

What can we gain by sailing to the moon if we are not able to cross the abyss that
separates us from ourselves? 

This is the most important of all voyages of discovery, and without it, all the rest are not only useless, but disastrous.

~Thomas Merton

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