Frases de Thomas Merton

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Thomas Merton

Data de nascimento: 31. Janeiro 1915
Data de falecimento: 10. Dezembro 1968

Thomas Merton foi um escritor católico do século XX. Monge trapista da Abadia de Getsêmani, Kentucky, ele foi um poeta, activista social e estudioso de religiões comparadas. Escreveu mais de setenta livros, a maioria sobre espiritualidade, e também foi objecto de várias biografias. Dentre as principais características de Thomas Merton pode-se citar sua defesa do pacifismo e do ecumenismo


„Abandone de vez suas pontuações e renda-se com toda sua pecaminosidade ao Deus que não leva em conta nem os pontos, nem aquele que os marca, mas vê em você somente um filho, remido por Cristo.“

„A distância mais longa é aquela entre a cabeça e o coração.“


„Apego a coisas espirituais é apego da mesma forma que qualquer amor exagerado a quaquer outra coisa.“

„Amar é deixar aqueles que amamos serem eles mesmos e não tentar moldá-los segundo nossa própria imagem. Caso contrário, amaríamos apenas o reflexo de nós mesmos.“

„Homem algum é uma ilha“

„The beginning of love is the will to let those we love be perfectly themselves, the resolution not to twist them to fit our own image. If in loving them we do not love what they are, but only their potential likeness to ourselves, then we do not love them: we only love the reflection of ourselves we find in them“ No Man Is an Island

„The beginning of love is the will to let those we love be perfectly themselves, the resolution not to twist them to fit our own image.“ The Way of Chuang Tzu

„Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.“ No Man Is an Island


„My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think that I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road though I may know nothing about it. Therefore will I trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.“ Thoughts in Solitude

„Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone - we find it with another.“ Love and Living

„You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith and hope.“

„If you want to identify me, ask me not where I live, or what I like to eat, or how I comb my hair, but ask me what I am living for, in detail, ask me what I think is keeping me from living fully for the thing I want to live for.“


„To be grateful is to recognize the Love of God in everything He has given us - and He has given us everything. Every breath we draw is a gift of His love, every moment of existence is a grace, for it brings with it immense graces from Him.
Gratitude therefore takes nothing for granted, is never unresponsive, is constantly awakening to new wonder and to praise of the goodness of God. For the grateful person knows that God is good, not by hearsay but by experience. And that is what makes all the difference.“

„Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy. That is not our business and, in fact, it is nobody's business. What we are asked to do is to love, and this love itself will render both ourselves and our neighbors worthy.“

„The more you try to avoid suffering, the more you suffer, because smaller and more insignificant things begin to torture you, in proportion to your fear of being hurt. The one who does most to avoid suffering is, in the end, the one who suffers most.“ The Seven Storey Mountain

„Instead of hating the people you think are war-makers, hate the appetites and disorder in your own soul, which are the causes of war. If you love peace, then hate injustice, hate tyranny, hate greed - but hate these things in yourself, not in another.“ New Seeds of Contemplation

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