Thomas Merton: I have to be a No-one

Beverly Lanzetta Meditations, Prayer

My monastery is not a home. It is not a place where I am rooted and established on the earth. It is not an environment in which I become aware of myself as an individual, but rather a place in which I disappear from the world as an object of interest in order to be everywhere in it by hiddenness and compassion. To exist everywhere I have to be a No-one.

Excerpt from “In Memory of Thomas Merton”, volume 7, #2, Summer 1969; p. 234.