Monday with Merton


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“The spiritual life is oriented toward God, rather than toward the immediate satisfaction of the material needs of life, but it is not, for all that, a life of unreality or a life of dreams. On the contrary, without a life of the spirit, our whole existence becomes unsubstantial and illusory. The life of the spirit, by integrating us in the real order established by God, puts us in the fullest possible contact with reality— not as we imagine it, but as it really is. It does so by making us aware of our own real selves, and placing them in the presence of God. “

Thomas Merton, No Man is an Island

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