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Halfway through the film “Of Gods And Men” a conversation takes place between three of the monks of Tibhirine and their village neighbours, in which Brother Amedee suggests the possibility that the monks may flee.

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4 Oct 1999 –13 Nov 2003 Victoria, BC –
from Transcript of Audio Recording of Cynthia Bourgeault’s Commentaries on:
Living Presence by Kabir Edmund Helminski

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Sometimes it is therapeutic just to pause and take in a small portion of the beauty.

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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.

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Thomas Merton had a profound awareness of the self-interested nature of what sometimes passes as “love.”

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For Thomas Merton all concerns, issues, questions, and personal issues are subsumed under love.

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For Thomas Merton love was the path of Christ and the way to discover the unity of all humankind.

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The second form of false love Thomas Merton identifies in his book Disputed Questions, he calls, an “authoritarian and legalist corruption of love.”

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In his book Disputed Questions, Thomas Merton identifies two false forms of love.

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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. 

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