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Merton’s Voice:

Either you look at the universe as a very poor creation out of which no one can make anything, or you look at your own life and your own part in the universe as infinitely rich, full of inexhaustible interest, opening out into the infinite further possibilities for study and contemplation and interest and praise. Beyond all and in all is God.

The Intimate Merton, ed. Patrick Hart and Jonathan Montaldo, (New York: HarperCollins, 1999).

Psalm 145: 9

The Lord is good to all, and his compassion is over all that he has made


“[Jesus said] the works my Father has given me to carry out, these same works of mine testify that the Father has sent me.” (John 5)

Nouwen’s Voice:

God’s Spirit within us prompts us to love and respect each other and to speak with divine respect. When connected intimately with God, we find ourselves speaking words of forgiveness, healing, reconciliation, joy and peace.