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Thomas Merton was an American Trappist monk, writer, theologian, mystic, poet, social activist and scholar of comparative religion.

He was born in Prades, France, on January 31, 1915.

He converted to Catholicism in 1938 and entered the Abbey of Gethsemani in Kentucky in 1941.

He was ordained a priest in 1949.

He wrote over 50 books on spirituality, social justice and a quiet pacifism, as well as scores of essays and reviews.

He died in Bangkok, Thailand, on December 10, 1968, at the age of 53.

He is considered one of the most influential American Catholic authors of the 20th century.

His work continues to be read and studied by people of all faiths.

Souls are like athletes, that need opponents worthy of them, if they are to be tried and extended and pushed to the full use of their powers, and rewarded according to their capacity.

Thomas Merton

Reason is in fact the path to faith, and faith takes over when reason can say no more.

Thomas Merton

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.

Thomas Merton

If a man is to live, he must be all alive, body, soul, mind, heart, spirit.

Thomas Merton

Our idea of God tells us more about ourselves than about Him.

Thomas Merton

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.

Thomas Merton

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

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