Thomas Merton: ‘Nonviolence is Most Exacting Form of Struggle’

“Non-violence is perhaps the most exacting of all forms of struggle, not only because it demands first of all that one be ready to suffer evil and even face the threat of death without retaliation, but because it excludes mere transient self-interest, even political, from its considerations.” —Thomas Merton

Faith and Violence: Christian Teaching and Christian Practice by Thomas Merton (University of Notre Dame Press, 1968, p. 14)