Merton’s voice:

…before sunrise, without lights, in the … chapel. At such a time there is a beautiful “spirituality” in the pre-dawn light on the altar. Silence in the chapel, and this pearl-gray light on the white altar cloth. Two candles burning with silent life. What more beautiful liturgical sign than to have this light as witness to the greatest Mystery?

Merton, Thomas. Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander. New York: Image Books, 1989, p. 270


I shall not die, but I shall live, and recount the deeds of the Lord. (NRSV Ps 118: 17)