Merton’s voice:

The only true joy on earth is to escape from the prison of our own self-hood (I do not say the body, because the body is God’s temple and therefore it is holy), and enter by love into union with the Love Who dwells and sings within the essence of every creature and in the core of our own souls.

Thomas Merton, Seeds of Contemplation, (Norfolk, CT: New Directions Books: 1949) p. 22.

Prayer:

I keep the LORD always before me; with the Lord at my right, I shall never be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad, my soul rejoices; my body also dwells secure (NRSV PS 16: 8-9)