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The law of the LORD* is his joy; and on his law he meditates day and night.” Psalm: 1: 2

Merton’s Voice:

All the passions can be reduced to four: joy, hope, fear, and grief.  These four are so closely connected that, when one is controlled, the others all obey.  Consequently they can be reduced to one: joy.  And desire is the movement of the soul seeking joy.

Thomas Merton. The Ascent to Truth. (New York: Harvest/HBJ Books, 1981): 54.