Merton’s Voice:

Every moment and every event of every man’s life on earth plants something in his soul. For just as the wind carries thousands of winged seeds, so each moment brings with it germs of spiritual vitality that come to rest imperceptibly in the minds and wills of men.

A Merton Reader, ed. by Thomas P.  McDonnell, (New York: Image Books, 1989) 426

Psalm 95: 1

O sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth

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“If you only knew what God is offering and who it is that is saying to you: Give me a drink, you would have been the one to ask and he would have given you living water.” (John 4)

Nouwen’s Voice: As a beloved child of God, you are unlike any other person. You are a unique daughter of God, a unique son of God. By living your life as a child of God you have a unique statement to make and I encourage you to make it.

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Returning to Trust by Henri Nouwen

In my own life I well know how hard it is for me to trust that I am loved, and to trust that the intimacy I most crave is there for me. I most often live as if I have to earn love, do something noteworthy, and then perhaps I might get something in return. This attitude touches the whole question of what is called in the spiritual life, the “first love.” Do I really believe that I am loved first, independent of what I do or what I accomplish? This is an important question because as long as I think that what I most need I have to earn, deserve and collect by hard work, I will never get what I most need and desire, which is a love that cannot be earned, but that is freely given. Thus, my return is my willingness to renounce such thoughts and to choose to live more and more from my true identity as a cherished child of God.

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