I must become convinced and penetrated by the realization that without my love for [another] they may perhaps not achieve the things God has willed for them.
My love must be to them the “sacrament” of the mysterious and infinitely selfless love God has for them.
The words I speak to them must be no other than the words of Christ Who deigns to reveal Himself to them in me.
— Thomas Merton, No Man Is an Island
This is the last in a series on Love as explored by Thomas Merton in his chapter on Charity in No Man Is an Island. Honestly, I didn’t know what I could add to this last quote, but as I reflected on it the following came to mind.
Look, patient beyond hurried moment.
Look, resistant through knee-jerk habit reaction.
Look, brave past intimidation mask.
Look, determined find human soul.
Look, soft imagine child within.
Look, surprised finding friend.
Look, humbled at God’s beloved,
image of God,
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