“on earth as it is in heaven”

It is not by virtue of place but of principle that one who is still on earth but has a commonwealth in heaven and lays up treasure in heaven and has his heart in heaven and wears the image of the Heavenly One, is no longer of the earth nor of the world below but…

On Spiritual Progress

What is this dryness in meditation which I am describing; this refusal to fix our thoughts on spiritual things? Clearly it may depend on some fault in ourselves. It may depend on some unhealthy attachment in our hearts, lack of vigilance, or the thorns in which we have let the good seed be choked. Difficulty…

Thomas Merton

“After my first Mass I understood perfectly and for the first time in my life that nothing else in the world is important except to love God and to serve Him with simplicity and joy. I saw most clearly that it is useless and illusory to look for some spectacular and extraordinary way of serving…