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Thomas Merton wrote many beautiful words on love. In preparation for Valentine’s Day, here are a few of my favourite short Merton quotes on love.
Thomas Merton had a profound awareness of the self-interested nature of what sometimes passes as “love.”
For Thomas Merton all concerns, issues, questions, and personal issues are subsumed under love.
For Thomas Merton love was the path of Christ and the way to discover the unity of all humankind.
The second form of false love Thomas Merton identifies in his book Disputed Questions, he calls, an “authoritarian and legalist corruption of love.”
In his book Disputed Questions, Thomas Merton identifies two false forms of love.
For all their spiritual rigour the teachers of the ancient Christian desert tradition, sought to keep their disciplines in perspective. They understood that asceticism is intended to support and never displace the practice of love.
this is the mystery of our vocation: not that we cease to be men in order to become angels or gods, but that the love of my man’s heart can becomes God’s love for God and men, and my human tears can fall from my eyes as the tears of God because they well up from the motion of His Spirit in the heart of His incarnate Son. 144
The greatest of God’s secrets is God Himself.
The peace produced by grace is a spiritual stability too deep for violence – it is unshakeable, unless we ourselves admit the power of passion into our own sanctuary.