THOMAS MERTON REFLECTION for the week of January 2, 2006
“What we are asked to do is to love; and this love itself will render both ourselves and our neighbor worthy if anything can.
Indeed, that is one of the most significant things about the power of love. There is no way under the sun to make a man worthy of love except by loving him. As soon as he realizes himself loved – if he is not so weak that he can no longer bear to be loved – he will feel himself instantly becoming worthy of love. He will respond by drawing a mysterious spiritual value out of his own depths, a new identity called into being by the love that is addressed to him.”
From Disputed Questions by Thomas Merton
Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Publishers, New York, 1960. Page 125.
A note about inclusive language. Merton wrote before inclusive language was common practice. In light of Merton’s inclusive position on so many issues and his many references to our essential unity, we hope these reflections will be read from an inclusive point of view.