Monday with Merton


Merton & Barn Door

“First of all, although men have a common destiny, each individual also has to work out his own personal salvation for himself in fear and trembling. We can help one another to find out the meaning of life, no doubt. But in the last analysis the individual person is responsible for living his own life and for “finding himself.” If he persists in shifting this responsibility to somebody else, he fails to find out the meaning of his own existence. You cannot tell me who I am, and I cannot tell you who you are. If you do not know your own identity, who is going to identify you? Others can give you a name or a number, but they can never tell you who you really are. That is something you yourself can only discover from within.”

Thomas Merton No Man is an Island

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2 thoughts on “Monday with Merton

  1. “No Man Is An Island” is my second Bible, so to speak. I go back to it often and read and re-read bits and parts and it always enlightens!

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