Thomas Merton: ‘A Tree Gives Glory to God’

A tree gives glory to God by being a tree. For in being what God means it to be it is obeying [God]. It “consents,” so to speak, to [God’s] creative love. It is expressing an idea which is in God and which is not distinct from the essence of God, and therefore a tree imitates God by being a tree.–Thomas Merton

New Seeds of Contemplation by Thomas Merton (New York: New Directions Books, 1961, p.29)

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