Thomas Merton: ‘Love is a Revelation’

Merton and D.T. Suzuki, 94, in New York, 1964.

Love is the revelation of our deepest personal meaning, value and identity. But this revelation remains impossible as long as we are the prisoners of our own egoism. I cannot find myself in myself, but only in another. —Thomas Merton

Thomas Merton: Love and Living, Naomi Burton Stone and Brother Patrick Hart, editors (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1979, p. 31)

Thomas Merton: ‘Artisans of Joy’

Here are a few lines of encouragement from Thomas Merton’s essay “The Street is For Celebration.”

Celebration is when we let joy make itself out of our love. We like to be together. We like to dance together. We like to make pretty and amusing things. We like to laugh at what we have made. We like to put bright colors on the walls–more bright colors on ourselves. We like our pictures, they are crazy.

Celebration is crazy: the craziness of not submitting, even though “they,” “the others,” the ones who make life impossible, seem to have all the power. Celebration is the beginning of confidence, therefore of power.

When we laugh at them, when we celebrate, when we make our lives beautiful, when  we give one another joy by loving, by sharing, then we manifest a power they cannot touch. We can be artisans of a joy they never imagined.—Thomas Merton

Love and Living by Thomas Merton (p53)