Merton’s Voice:

To have a “wise heart,” it seems to me, is to live centered on this dynamism and this secret hope – this hoped-for secret. It is the key to our life, but as long as we are alive we must see that we do not have this key: it is not at our disposal. Christ has it, in us, for us.

The wise heart lives in Christ.

Merton, Thomas. Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander. New York: Image Books, 1989, p. 212.


I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope; my soul waits for the Lord more than those who watch for the morning, more than those who watch for the morning (NRSV Ps 130: 6-7)