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Wednesday of Hope – Dance Anyway

No despair of ours can alter the reality of things, or stain the joy of the cosmic dance which is always there. Indeed we are in the midst of it, and it is in the midst of us, for it beats in our very blood, whether we want it to or not. Yet the fact remains that we are invited to forget ourselves on purpose, cast our awful solemnity to the winds, and join in the general dance.
– Thomas Merton

The Most Important Voyage of Discovery

What can we gain by sailing to the moon if we are not able to cross the abyss that separate 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

Wednesday of Hope – Despair Cannot Stain Joy

…no despair of ours can alter the reality of things, or stain the joy of the cosmic joy which is always there.

– Thomas Merton

Wednesday of Hope – Recognizing Possibilities

You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith, and hope.

– Thomas Merton

Wednesday of Hope – Where Is It All Going?

You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith, and hope.

– Thomas Merton

My Own Unique Door

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The world as pure object is something that is not there. It is not a reality outside us for which we exist….It is a living and self-creating mystery of which I am myself a part, to which I am myself, my own unique door.

– Thomas Merton, Contemplation in a World of Action

Let Us Live the Questions

We live on the brink of disaster because we do not know how to let life alone. We do not respect the living and fruitful contradictions and paradoxes of which true life is full.
– Thomas Merton
How could we not but leave this alone?

                                                                  How could we not but leave this alone?