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Merton’s Voice:

Let my trust be in Your mercy, not in myself. Let my hope be in Your love, not in health, or strength, or ability or human resources.

Thomas Merton. Thoughts in Solitude. (New York: Farrar, Strauss, Giroux, 1956) 30

Psalm 69: 16

Answer me, O Lord, for your steadfast love is good; according to your abundant mercy, turn to me.


I offered my back to those who struck me; my cheeks to those who tore at my beard. (Isaiah 50)

Nouwen’s Voice:

The gift of love is a revelation about life that comes from God. You’ll see it suddenly multiplying around you. If you give it there’s always enough love, enough forgiveness and enough mercy.