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Three Thomas Merton quotes:
We can no longer rely on being supported by structures that may be destroyed at any moment by a political power or a political force. You cannot rely on structures. They are good and they should help us, and we should do the best we can with them. But they may be taken away, and if everything is taken away, what do you do next? Asian Journal
Do not depend on the hope of results . . . You may have to face the fact that your work will apparently be worthless and even achieve no result at all, if not perhaps the results opposite to what you expect. As you get used to this idea, you start more and more to concentrate not on the results, but on the value, the rightness, the truth of the work itself. The Hidden Ground of Love
(CN: this sounds a little bit like Krishna's advice to Arjuna in the Bhagavad Gita.)
There is in all visible things an invisible fecundity, a dimmed light, a meek namelessness, a hidden wholeness. This mysterious Unity and integrity is Wisdom, the Mother of all, Natura naturans.