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Merton’s Voice:

From moment to moment I remember with astonishment that I am at the same time empty and full, and satisfied because I am empty. I lack nothing. The Lord rules me.

Merton, Thomas. Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander (New York: Image, 1968) 43

Psalm 23: 1

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want


Jesus looked up and said, ‘Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?’ ‘No one sir,’ she replied. ‘Neither do I condemn you’, said Jesus ‘ go away and sin no more’. (John 8 )

Nouwen’s Voice:

Only in that place of pain can you discover a much deeper sense of belonging that is more intimate than any belonging the world can offer. It comes from the depths of loneliness and moves us to true communion with God.