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Thomas Merton on self reflection practices

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Thomas Merton
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No Man Is an Island

A recapitulation of his earlier work Seeds of Contemplation, this collection of sixteen essays plumbs aspects of human spirituality. Merton addresses those in search of enduring values, fulfillment, and salvation in prose that is, as always, inspiring and compassionate.

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FindCenter Quotes ImageInstead of hating the people you think are war-makers, hate the appetites and disorder in your own soul, which are the causes of war. If you love peace, then hate injustice, hate tyranny, hate greed—but hate these things in yourself, not in another.

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FindCenter Quotes ImageOur idea of God tells us more about ourselves than about Him.

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FindCenter Quotes ImageBut there is greater comfort in the substance of silence than in the answer to a question.

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FindCenter Quotes ImageSolitude is a way to defend the spirit against the murderous din of our materialism.

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FindCenter Quotes ImageThe frenzy of our activism neutralizes our work for peace. It destroys our own inner capacity for peace. It destroys the fruitfulness of our own work, because it kills the root of inner wisdom which makes work fruitful.

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