Merton’s Voice:

Having given up all desire to compete with other men, they suddenly wake up and find that the joy of God is everywhere, and they are able to exult in the virtues and goodness of others more than ever they could have done in their own. They are so dazzled by the reflection of God in the souls of the men they live with that they no longer have any power to condemn anything that they see in another.

Merton, Thomas, New Seeds of Contemplation. New York: New Directions, 1961, p. 60

Prayer:

Light dawns for the righteous, and joy for the upright in heart. Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous, and give thanks to his holy name! (NRSV Ps 97:11-12)