Merton’s Voice:

When we laugh at them, when we celebrate, when we make our lives beautiful, when we give one another joy by loving, by sharing, then we manifest a power they cannot touch. We can be artisans of a joy they never imagined.

Merton, Thomas. eds. Naomi Burton Stone and Br. Patrick Hart. Love and Living (New York: Harcourt, 1979) 53

Psalm 95:1

O come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!

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“Every kingdom divided against itself is heading for ruin, and a household divided against itself collapses.” (Luke 11)

Nouwen’s Voice:

There is no human being who hasn’t experienced from an early age the fears of those around him or her. Fear and insecurity have touched our lives. But the spiritual life is to discover that there is safety for us. The womb of God is our safe and sacred dwelling place. This is where we can return again and again.