Merton: Freedom and Hope

merton1We are not perfectly free until we live in pure hope. For when our hope is pure, it no longer trusts exclusively in human and visual means, nor rests in any visible end. He who hopes in God trusts God, Whom he never sees, to bring him to possession of things that are beyond imagination. Hope is the gateway of contemplation, because contemplation is an experience of divine things and we cannot experience what we do not in some way possess. –Thomas Merton

No Man Is An Island by Thomas Merton (Harcourt)

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  1. Great quote! I am a long-term Merton reader. Do you have any plans to
    blog on the new book “Beneath the Mask of Holiness: Thomas Merton and the Forbidden Love Affair that Set Him Free” by Mark Shaw? I would be interested in your take on the book.

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