Thomas Merton from "Who Cares About The Saints?" with Fr. James Martin, S.J.

source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O650TPCIXrI

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1 Cary W = ""The very contradictions in my life are in some ways signs of God's mercy to me."  This should strike chords with everyone of us, for while yet sinners, not yet perfected in character and faith, we are presented perfect and holy before God every moment in Christ, for He continually intercedes for each one."
2 Cary W = "I love and resonate with Merton, for he embodies the contemplative and the intellectual common man, in poignant balance.  Yes we must pray without ceasing, but also be so many things in the outer, seemingly fallen world.  Life is such a dance and balance of the spiritual and the daily practical, and God is active equally in both."
3 Cary W = "We can be flawed, be ourselves, and still be holy in the muck of it all.  That is Merton's message and example.  Just keep looking up, claiming the prize of Christ, letting the rest go as rubbish."