Other Writings

Do I have the courage?

Thomas Merton writing about discovering God, facing self, and accepting others.


I cannot discover God in myself and myself in Him unless I have the courage to face myself exactly as I am, with all my limitations, and to accept others as they are, with all their limitations.

— Thomas Merton, No Man Is an Island

Do I have the courage to admit, to accept, to own how broken I am?

Will I let myself feel it, not just assent to it?

Though it feel scary as hell and shameful as sin, for the prospect of finding God in there somewhere, loving me and holding me, am I willing to do it?

Am I willing to do it as many times as it takes…for the love of God?

Am I willing to try again if it was too much for me last time?

Maybe then, just maybe, I might see you in a different light, knowing you are facing the same fears, the same questions, the same choices…the same God.

Maybe, just maybe, I might meet you where you are, accept you, even love you, as you are.

Grace and peace to us…



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