Then it was as if I suddenly saw the secret beauty of their hearts, the depths of their hearts where neither sin nor desire nor self-knowledge can reach, the core of their reality, the person that each one is in God’s eyes. If only they could see themselves as they really are. If only we could see each other that way all the time, there would be no more war, no more hatred, no more cruelty, no more greed. I suppose the big problem is that we would fall down and worship each other.

Thomas Merton (1915-1968) French-American religious and writer [a.k.a. Fr. M. Louis]
Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander (1966)
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2 Responses to Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander (1966)

  1. Erin Thomas says:

    That Merton quote is from
    Conjectures, pp. 157-158.
    or so it says on a merton society website
    http://www.thomasmertonsociety.org/altany.htm

  2. *** Dave says:

    Excellent, thanks. I’ll update the quote.

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