Day 37 – Forty Days with Thomas Merton

Day 37

To say that I am made in the image of God is to say that love is the reason for my existence, for God is love. Love is my true identity. Selflessness is my true self. Love is my true character. Love is my name.

If, therefore, I do anything or think anything or say anything or know anything that is not purely for the love of God, it cannot give me peace, or rest, or fulfillment, or joy.

To find love I must enter into the sanctuary where it is hidden, which is the mystery of God.

— Thomas Merton in A Book of Hours

Today: Consider the times in your life where you became the incarnation of love. Did it bring you joy? Is this something you might be able to do again? Today? Share just one thing here where you found joy by becoming the incarnation of love.

+Ed Jansen, OSB

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