Thomas Merton: Grace Like an Acorn

oaktree“Grace, which is charity, contains in itself all virtues in a hidden and potential manner, like the leaves and the branches of the oak hidden in the meat of an acorn. To be an acorn is to have a taste for being an oak tree. Habitual grace brings with it all the Christian virtues in their seed.”–Thomas Merton

Thoughts in Solitude by Thomas Merson (New York: Farrar, Strauss, Giroux, 1999, p 20.)

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