Merton’s Voice:

Wisdom is the knowledge of Truth in its inmost reality, the experience of Truth, arrived at through the rectitude of our own soul. Wisdom knows God in ourselves and ourselves in God.

Thomas Merton. Thoughts in Solitude. (New York: Farrar, Strauss, Giroux, 1956) 73.

Psalm 25: 5

Lead me in your truth, and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all day long.

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“Lord make me know your ways. Lord teach me your paths.” (Psalm 24)

Nouwen’s Voice:

Once we approach intimacy with God dwelling within, and once we accept others and ourselves as we are, we may begin to speak about ‘happy guilt’ or happy brokenness’. The inner struggle is no longer such a burden but a way to truth, to light and to life. How is it possible to be children of God, embraced by Divine Love and allowed into intimacy with the Creator of the Universe if God hadn’t already welcomed us with compassion, just as we are?