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Merton’s Voice:

Simple intention is a divine medicine, a balm that soothes the powers of our soul wounded by inordinate self-expression. It heals our actions in their secret infirmity. It draws our strength to the hidden summit of our being, and bathes our spirit in the infinite mercy of God.

Merton, Thomas, No Man Is An Island (New York: Harcourt, 1955) 75

Psalm 41: 4

As for me, I said, “O Lord, be gracious to me; heal me, for I have sinned against you.”


During his life on earth he offered up prayer and entreaty, aloud and in silent tears to the one who had the power to save him out of death…he learnt to obey through suffering; but having been made perfect, he became for all who obey him the source of eternal salvation. (Hebrews 4)

Nouwen’s Voice:

Jesus announces to us: ‘Do not be afraid. I dwell in you till the end of time.

“Calvary” by Edwin Arlington Robinson