This, then, is our desert: to live facing despair, but not to consent. To trample it down under hope in the Cross. To wage war against despair unceasingly. That war is our wilderness. If we wage it courageously, we will find Christ at our side. If we cannot face it, we will never find Him. –Thomas Merton
Thoughts in Solitude by Thomas Merton (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1999, p. 8).