Thomas Merton Quotes.

1. "They went into the desert not to study speculative truth, but to wrestle with practical evil; not to perfect their analytical intelligence, but to purify their hearts."
- Thomas Merton, The Inner Experience: Notes on Contemplation

2. "the hypostatic union, or the union of the divine and human natures in the One Person of the Word, the God-Man, Jesus Christ, was not only a truth of the greatest, most revolutionary, and most existential actuality, but it was the central truth of all being and all history."
- Thomas Merton, The Inner Experience: Notes on Contemplation

3. "The very first step to a correct understanding of the Christian theology of contemplation is to grasp clearly the unity of God and man in Christ, which of course presupposes the equally crucial unity of man in himself."
- Thomas Merton, The Inner Experience: Notes on Contemplation

4. "The truly sacred attitude toward life is in no sense an escape from the sense of nothingness that assails us when we are left alone with ourselves."
- Thomas Merton, The Inner Experience: Notes on Contemplation

5. "Hence the sacred attitude is one which does not recoil from our own inner emptiness, but rather penetrates into it with awe and reverence, and with the awareness of mystery."
- Thomas Merton, The Inner Experience: Notes on Contemplation

6. "The inner self is purified by the acknowledgment of sin, not precisely because the inner self is the seat of sin, but because both our sinfulness and our interiority tend to be rejected in one and the same movement by the exterior self and relegated to the same darkness, so that when the inner self is brought back to light, sin emerges and is liquidated by the assuming of responsibility and by sorrow."
- Thomas Merton, The Inner Experience: Notes on Contemplation

7. "This unity in love is one of the most characteristic works of the inner self, so that paradoxically the inner I is not only isolated but at the same time united with others on a higher plane, which is in fact the plane of spiritual solitude."
- Thomas Merton, The Inner Experience: Notes on Contemplation

8. "We are not capable of union with one another on the deepest level until the inner self in each one of us is sufficiently awakened to confront the inmost spirit of the other."
- Thomas Merton, The Inner Experience: Notes on Contemplation

9. "This implies that all truly serious and spiritual forms of religion aspire at least implicitly to a contemplative awakening both of the individual and of the group."
- Thomas Merton, The Inner Experience: Notes on Contemplation

10. "If it is awakened, it communicates a new life to the intelligence in which it lives, so that it becomes a living awareness of itself: and this awareness is not so much something that we ourselves have, as something that we are. It is a new and indefinable quality of our living being."
- Thomas Merton, The Inner Experience: Notes on Contemplation

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