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Thomas Merton on offering support to others

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Pope Francis Compares Catholic Radicals Thomas Merton and Dorothy Day to Lincoln and MLK

During his speech before Congress, Pope Francis highlighted the work of four “great” Americans: Abraham Lincoln, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Dorothy Day and Thomas Merton.

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FindCenter Quotes ImageThe beginning of love is the will to let those we love be perfectly themselves, the resolution not to twist them to fit our own image.

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FindCenter Quotes ImageOur job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy. That is not our business and, in fact, it is nobody’s business. What we are asked to do is to love, and this love itself will render both ourselves and our neighbors worthy.

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FindCenter Quotes ImageLove seeks one thing only: the good of the one loved. It leaves all the other secondary effects to take care of themselves. Love, therefore, is its own reward.

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FindCenter Quotes ImageIt is therefore of supreme importance that we consent to live not for ourselves but for others. When we do this we will be able first of all to face and accept our own limitations. . . .

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