Thomas Merton

 

If he is capable of “illumination,” he will at that moment taste the delight of recognizing that his own incommunicable experience of the ground of his being, his own total acceptence of his own nothingness, far from constituting a problem, is in fact the source and center of inexpressible joy; in Christian terms, one can hardly help feeling that the illumination of the genuine experience seems to open out into an unconscious demand for grace—a demand that is perhaps answered without being understood.  Is it perhaps already grace?

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