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Merton’s Voice:

To really know our “nothingness” we must also love it. And we cannot love it unless we see that it is good. And we cannot see that it is good unless we accept it.

…To love our “nothingness” in this way, we must repudiate nothing that is our own, nothing that we have, nothing that we are. We must see and admit that it is all ours and that it is all good: good in its positive entity since it comes from God.

Merton, Thomas. Thoughts in Solitude. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1999, pp. 34-35.


Protect me, O God, for in you I take refuge. I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord; I have no good apart from you.” (NRSV Ps 16:1-2)