Thomas Merton: Person Before Prophet


“So before we can become prophetic, we have to be authentic human beings, people who can exist outside a structure, who can create their own existence, who have within themselves the resources for affirming their identity and their freedom in any situation in which they find themselves. This means people capable of creating a life for themselves who are not identified with a structure.”–Thomas Merton

The Springs of Contemplation: A Retreat at the Abbey of Gethsemani
by Thomas Merton (Ave Maria Press, 1972, p. 109)

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