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July 6, 2021

Sometimes the only thing that I need to do is reflect on Merton’s thoughts and simply share them without commentary. This is one of those instances.

Compassion teaches me that my brother and I are one. That if I love my brother, then my love benefits my own life as well, and if I hate my brother and seek to destroy him, I seek to destroy myself also. The desire to kill is like the desire to attack another with an ingot of red hot iron; I have to pick up the incandescent metal and burn my own hand while burning the other. Hate itself is the seed of death in my own heart, while it seeks the death of the other. Love is the seed of life in my own heart when it seeks the good of the other… (preface to the Vietnamese edition of No Man Is An Island, found in Thomas Merton: Essential Writings, p. 115)

May we have that compassion… a compassion that is noticeably lacking today… or so it appears…

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